In the News

3rd November 2016

MAIB publishes reports on the deaths of four commercial fishermen

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published investigation reports into three fatal accidents where four fishermen might have survived had they been wearing personal flotation devices when they entered the water. The MAIB states that 2016 has been a particularly bad year having had investigate the deaths of nine commercial fishermen.

Despite a three year safety campaign, which has included the donation of a free life jacket to almost every commercial fisherman in the UK, the message about the necessity for wearing life jackets does not appear to be getting through. In order to prevent further unnecessary loss of commercial fishermen’s lives the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has been asked to introduce legislation making it compulsory for fishermen to wear personal flotation devices on the working decks of commercial fishing vessels while they are at sea.

19th October 2016

ECHA approve active substances

The Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) of the European Chemical Agency has adopted three opinions supporting the approval of active substances for use in biocidal products used as insecticides and antifouling products, and one opinion proposing the non-approval of one active substance for disinfecting drinking water. • Dichlofluanid for antifouling products (product-type 21). • Silcium dioxide Kieselguhr for insecticides, acaricides and products to control other arthropods (product-type 18). • Pyrogenic, synthetic amorphous silicon dioxide, nano, surface treated for insecticides, acaricides and products to control other arthropods (product-type 18).

22nd September 2016

Concerns about noise from wind farm development

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has responded to comments about noise off the Sussex coast generated by the development of  the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm.

Following discussions with the developer,  E.On, changes to their processes to reduce noise impact. These include:

installing noise-reducing acoustic panels around pump equipment onshore (which for safety reasons has to run continuously) reducing speed of vessels and using anchors so that engines can be turned off scheduling maintenance activities where noisy tools are required to be in day time only instructing vessels leaving Shoreham Port at night to follow a different route in order to minimise impact on residences at Shoreham Beach

The developer has also committed to avoiding piling activity overnight when weather conditions mean excessive noise may carry to shore, for example during warm, still nights.