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The MMO has announced the results of I-VMS device testing which includes two devices failing

Industry update on the results of I-VMS device testing, as MMO confirms its ongoing commitment to support fishermen.

Fishermen will continue to be supported by MMO following the outcome of the independent testing on Inshore Vessel Monitoring Systems (I-VMS) devices and are assured that upcoming legislation is on pause and will only come into effect once roll-out has been fully completed.

I-VMS devices are required to monitor inshore fishing activity to improve marine management and sustainability, ensure proper fishing practices and prevent illegal fishing to help protect and enhance the livelihoods of fishermen.

Legislation in the form of a Statutory Instrument is due to come into force making it a legal requirement for all under-12 metre vessels – domestic and foreign – to have an I-VMS device installed and transmitting data to MMO, when they are at sea in English waters. Following the end of independent testing, there is no expectation that government will progress introduction of the legislation until issues with the roll-out of I-VMS devices have been resolved.

As England’s marine regulator, MMO has been leading preparations to support industry, through Type Approval, grant funding and a staged roll-out of I-VMS devices, so that every fisher can be compliant when legislation is eventually introduced.

Four devices were Type Approved in 2021 after suppliers provided evidence of their specification. However last year, following feedback, MMO acted and commissioned independent assurance testing on all four devices to provide assurance. Fishermen were advised to wait until the results of this additional testing before choosing and purchasing their I-VMS device.

This independent testing is now complete, and two of the devices have failed the assurance process. Type Approval status will therefore be revoked from Maritime Systems Ltd MS44 device and from the Satlink Nano as they have been shown to not meet the original Type Approved specifications set out by MMO. This will be effective from 12:00pm Friday 19 May 2023, subject to final confirmation from MMO. The remaining two devices, Fulcrum Nemo and Succorfish SC2, will remain Type Approved following minor fixes and further review.

MMO has therefore taken the decision to temporarily pause the I-VMS roll-out while it works with suppliers and Fishermen in resolving the issues raised. All Fishermen are being contacted directly to make them aware of how this affects them, and what steps are being taken to support them if any changes are now needed.

Tom McCormack, MMO Chief Executive, said:

“We remain committed to supporting the industry and fishermen, and the feedback received last year could not be ignored.

“In response, MMO acted and commissioned independent testing. After receiving the testing results, we have now taken action to pause I-VMS roll-out and focus on supporting affected fishermen.

“I know this news is unsettling and I apologise for this. But we absolutely needed to take action in response to a supplier who has been selling I-VMS devices to fishermen that have significant failures against the agreed device specifications.

“I want to assure fishermen our priority is to support affected Fishermen to secure replacement devices.

“MMO can confirm that fishermen will be financially supported to secure suitable, replacement devices.

“Fishermen will be contacted directly with more information and there is no requirement to take action at this stage.

“Fishermen are also being supported via our coastal teams and through a dedicated helpline.”

A dedicated helpline has been set up to help with enquiries. Call 01900 508618 Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 4.30pm. It will also be operating on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May from 10am to 4pm.

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Important update – 19 May 2023

Last year, following feedback, MMO acted and commissioned independent assurance testing on Type Approved I-VMS devices. This has now been completed and we have taken the decision to continue the pause of the I-VMS device roll-out until further notice.

MMO remains confident that the roll-out programme will be able to progress, but with a reduced number of Type Approved devices.

The Fulcrum Nemo and Succorfish SC2 devices will remain Type Approved following minor fixes and independent review. The other devices, Maritime Systems MS44 and the Satlink Nano, have had their Type Approved status revoked as they did not meet assurance test thresholds.

MMO is in the process of contacting all fishers with further information based on which device has been purchased.

Product Type Approved status revoked

If you have purchased a Maritime Systems MS44 or Satlink Nano device, MMO can confirm that you will be financially supported to secure suitable, replacement devices. You will be contacted directly with more information and there is no requirement for you to take any action at this stage. We appreciate you will have questions regarding removal/replacement of devices and financial impact, and we will bring you further updates on how we can support you.

Product Type Approved status retained

If you have purchased a Fulcrum Nemo and Succorfish SC2 device (which have retained Type Approval status) you will be notified directly. Please bear with us while we work with the supplier to recommence roll-out as soon as possible. You do not need to take any further action.

Fishers who have not purchased or installed an I-VMS device

Please take no further action at this stage. Further updates will be made available as soon as possible. All suppliers have been notified and advised not to sell or install devices until further notice.

I-VMS device suppliers have already been notified of our decisions. We are currently working closely with suppliers who have retained Type Approval status to plan the next stage of the roll-out of I-VMS devices. Further updates will be shared with you as soon as possible.

Update on I-VMS legislation

The roll-out of I-VMS devices is important and will help fishers to ensure they are compliant ahead of government’s upcoming legislation, which will require all commercial fishing vessels operating in English waters to be tracked, including English vessels, vessels from across the UK and all foreign vessels licensed to fish in English waters.

The introduction of legislation to make I-VMS mandatory has been delayed to account for this latest information.

Enquiries

A dedicated helpline has also been set up to help with enquiries. Call 01900 508618 Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 4.30pm. It will also be operating on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May from 10am to 4pm.

Before calling, please read our updated I-VMS FAQs to see if they provide the information that you need.

Approved Devices

The following tracking devices have passed the MMO I-VMS type approval process, by meeting the I-VMS device specification of requirements. All products have undergone evaluation under the I-VMS approval process and are expected to last for at least five years provided they are handled appropriately. All of these products have been designed in order to be suitable for vessels with or without on-board power.

At this stage we recommend fishers consider the suitability of each device for the vessel and their business, including any warranties, support services, costs and payment plans that suppliers may offer. When the time comes to purchase a device the contract will be between the fisher and supplier.

Device provider Fulcrum Maritime Systems Ltd Succorfish Ltd
Approved I-VMS tracking device Nemo SC2
Date of approval Nov-21 Nov-21
Product adaptable for all vessels Yes Yes
Power options Onboard electrics, Solar Onboard electrics, Solar, Power pack

Companies

Company name: Fulcrum Maritime Systems Ltd

Device name: CLS Nemo

Date of approval: November 2021

Website: https://fulcrum-maritime.groupcls.com/nemo-i-vms-type-approved-device/

Contact telephone number: +44 (0)1708 788 400 UK

Product adaptable for all vessels: YES

Dimensions: 222 x 127 x 105mm

Supplier response to service/support questions.

Company name: Succorfish Ltd

Device name: SC2

Date of approval: November 2021

Website: www.succorfish.com

Contact telephone number: +44 (0)1914 476 883 UK

Product adaptable for all vessels: YES

Dimensions: 210 x 95 x 55mm

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