NAVIGATION AND WATCHKEEPING

INTERMEDIATE STABILITY AWARENESS

GMDSS SRC VHF

ENGINEERING

Vessel Stability Awareness

Seafish Approved Trainers: Mickey Ringwood, Mike Collier and Kenny Downing

Tuition Fee: Free* (subject to eligibility)

Thanks to support from the Department for Transport and the European Fisheries Fund, Seafish is currently able to fund the tuition fees for this course for experienced fishermen, providing they hold certificates in Sea Survival, First Aid, Fire Fighting and Safety Awareness.

2 Stability courses are required for the skipper’s certificate: Stability awareness for Experienced Fishermen and Advanced Stability Awareness

Course Aim:
The aim of these courses is to increase crew members understanding of how the stability of a fishing vessel is maintained. It is intended for skippers of vessels less than 16.5m and for anyone taking a navigational watch on any vessel.

Stability Awareness for Experienced Fishermen

On completion of this course you will understand:

  • The extent of the effects of poor vessel stability to deaths in the fishing industry
  • Stability hazards, risk and the risk equation
  • How to mitigate against risk and the risk spectrum
  • The forces that affect the stability of fishing vessels
  • Stability and the terms used to describe vessel stability
  • How external forces, the transverse movement of weight, the FSE and the up-ward movement of weights form stability hazards
  • How the principles of stability apply to deck and below deck operations
  • How to minimise the risks associated with deck and below deck operations
  • How vessel watertight and weathertight integrity is maintained
  • How to monitor vessel stability using the Wolfson Guidance
  • The stability implications of alternative deck procedures.
  • How the application of the relevant Regulations, Codes of Practice and guidance helps maintain vessel stability

Examination type:
30 multiple choice questions

Advanced Stability Awareness

On completion of this course you will understand:

  • How poor vessel stability links to deaths in the fishing industry
  • Risk, the ALARP principal, ‘Event and Consequence’ and the Risk Spectrum
  • The responsibilities of the skipper in respect to managing stability risks
  • Event chains using event and consequence diagrams
  • How weight and the shape of a vessel contributes to vessel stability
  • The stability of both ballast stable and form stable boats
  • Initial (GM) and static stability (GZ)
  • The methods used to monitor risks to stability
  • The risks posed by external forces, the transverse movement of weight, the FSE and the up-ward movement of weights and the condition of a vessel are managed
  • How vessel watertight and weathertight integrity is managed to minimise risk
  • How vessel condition and modifications are managed to maintain stability
  • How to monitor and maintain the stability of a vessel during fishing operations
  • How fishing vessel stability books manage the stability risk on fishing vessels
  • The role of regulation and the regulatory organisations concerned with fishing vessel stability

Examination type: 

There will be a short test at the end of the day, comprising of 20 short answer questions worth 2 marks and 1 question worth 10 marks.

***Anyone with dyslexia or other learning needs should inform the instructor during the course or the course administrator at the time of booking.

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