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Safety lessons: ensuring the stability of fishing vessels

A safety message to the fishing industry about the need for stability assessments after making modifications to a vessel.


MAIB safety flyer issued April 2010

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This summary concerns the capsize, with the loss of 3 lives, of the fishing vessel Aquila after its fishing gear snagged. 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 the:

  • fishing industry

An investigation report has also been produced for this accident.

Published 15 April 2010