Fishing Vessel Stability: Operational Practices

Fishing Vessel Stability: Operational Practices

Deborah Mercy

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Stability problems account for 35% of all vessel losses. This film outlines nine factors that affect stability of small fishing vessels—proper loading, free surface effect, watertight integrity, icing, lifting loads, shifting loads, weight creep, hang-ups, and heavy seas—and suggests procedures to enhance stability and improve safety conditions. Footage of real fishing vessel capsizings, models, and survivor interviews illustrates the potentially tragic results of vessel stability problems. The film is useful for all operators and crew on fishing vessels or small workboats. Directed by Deborah Mercy, produced by the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association and Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, with U.S. Coast Guard funding.

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