Scottish trawlers collided after safety considerations were trumped, say MAIB

A COLLISION involving two Stornoway-registered trawlers was “another example” of economic and social factors outweighing safety considerations.

This is underlined by the Marine Accident Investigation branch (MAIB) in their report today on the investigation into the collision between the fishing vessels Sapphire II and Silver Chord, resulting in the foundering of the Sapphire II off Stornoway, on January 12 this year.

The MAIB say this was one of “many accidents” involving fishing vessels in which leaving the wheelhouse unattended has been a significant contributory factor.

And they add that despite Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and industry initiatives, this behaviour persists among many fishermen as economic and social factors continue to take preference over safety considerations.

Read more at Scots trawlers collided after safety took second place, say MAIB.


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