E-fact 55: Safe maintenance of fishing vessels


Maintenance of fishing vessels includes surveys and repairs in dry-dock undertaken by ship yard workers and contractors as well as minor and routine repairs undertaken by ship’s crew at sea or in wet dock. Emergency repairs carried out at sea are particularly risky, due to possible adverse weather conditions, the need to complete the repairs quickly, the lack of adequate tools or equipment, or the lack of necessary skills. This e-fact provides information on the hazards associated with maintenance of fishing vessels and summarises the essential principles to assure safe and effective maintenance operations on board fishing vessels and contains some recommendations for preventive measures to control the risks during those operations.

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