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Safety lessons: stability of fishing vessels

Summary of the fatal capsizing of fishing vessel Aquila, highlighting need for stability assessments after making modifications to a vessel.

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This safety message concerns the loss of 3 lives after fishing gear snagged and vessel capsized. It was found that additional ballast fitted to the vessel and the effect of this on its stability had not been assessed by a competent person. The information has been prepared for members of the:

  • fishing industry