Understanding the stability of your vessel will help keep you and your crew safe. Capsizing due to insufficient stability is a major cause of fatalities for fishing vessels, especially those under 15m.
There have been some high-profile vessel and life losses recently due to poor vessel stability. Know your limits. Check the stability of your vessel.
Ashley Mullenger, whelk fisherman, Wells-next-the-Sea.
Watch the animations below to understand the main causes of instability in fishing vessels:
Ashley Mullenger, whelk fisherman from Wells-next-the-Sea tests the stability of her vessel Saoirse.
MCA surveyor Roger Gee takes us through how to do a roll test to assess the stability of a fishing vessel.