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Fishing Safety Takes Centre Stage at Sunderland Marine

21 November 2017

Leading industry experts of the pan-European FISH Platform group met in Newcastle upon Tyne on 14-15 November to discuss safety on fishing vessels.

Hosted by Sunderland Marine, representatives of fishing federations, governmental authorities and training providers from a number of Northern European counties met to share information and experiences on improving fishing safety. A huge amount was covered during the two day meeting, addressing topics as varied as safety management systems, current and future legislation, behavioural factors and how best to deliver safety training to fishers. 

After the FISH Platform meeting, the UK Fishing Safety Management (FSM) Code was formally launched. In a presentation made in Sunderland Marine’s quayside office, speeches were given by the NFFO, MCA and the charity Human Rights at Sea. The Code provides a structure for managing safety and welfare on fishing vessels. As Dave Fenner - Head of Fishing at the MCA - explained, it is a voluntary code for fishing vessels “created by the industry for the industry”.  The new Work in Fishing Convention (ILO 188) will introduce new responsibilities on the safety management of fishing vessels and the Code can help fishers achieve this. Robert Greenwood of the NFFO said “where we can give flexibility to the owners and operators of fishing vessels we should, and this voluntary code allows owners to structure a management system that suits them”.

Details of the FSM Code can be found in MCA MIN 558(F) which can be read here:

Sunderland Marine were proud to not only host these events but also to be able to contribute to the discussions and share the wealth of experience we have gained in the decades of providing insurance for fishing vessels. 

Our loss prevention department have published easy to follow advice on safety management systems and this can be read online at:


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Craig McBurnie, Marine Underwriting Manager (SMI), presenting to the pan-European FISH Platform group. 


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