The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has developed a new guide for all fishing vessel owners, operators and crew to help better understand the key elements and the hazards that influence a vessel’s stability.
Stability refers to the ability of a vessel to return to its upright position after being heeled over by wind, waves, or other forces. If a vessel does not have sufficient stability it may capsize.
Understanding the importance of stability to a specific vessel’s unique operations and each of the factors that reduce stability will help operators make the right decisions and take corrective actions to keep their crew and vessel safe.
AMSA encourages vessel owners to consider working with a qualified naval architect to prepare a stability guide specific to their vessel operations that takes into account their vessel’s design, unique fishing methods and areas where they fish.