Research and analysis

Safety lessons: inherent stability

Summary of the fatal capsize of a fishing vessel highlighting the important of seeking professional advice before making modifications.


MAIB safety flyer issued May 2005

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This safety message concerns the loss of 4 lives on fishing vessel Chelaris J. Alterations to the vessel had reduced its stability such that it lost the ability to right itself when its gear became snagged on a sandbank. The information has been prepared for members of the:

  • fishing industry