“Having and wearing PFDs when working onboard fishing vessels is the law”
Seafish is administering a new UK Government-funded scheme which allows owners of UK-registered commercial fishing vessels to recover £200 per item against the cost of purchasing type-approved Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) fitted with integrated Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) for their crew.
The scheme is being delivered in co-operation with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and Trinity House as part of the Fishing Industry Safety Group’s 10-year strategy to eliminate preventable deaths in the UK fishing industry. It is open to owners of active UK registered commercial fishing vessels who have not previously received support for purchasing PLBs. (You can apply for the cost of adding a PLB if you previously received funding to purchase PFDs).
To qualify for funding, owners must apply to Seafish for approval before purchasing their preferred PFDs/PLBs. They need to provide a specification of the equipment they want to buy, a quote from their preferred supplier and an indication of the number of items required to equip all the crew on their vessel.
- The deadline for applications to be received is 31 March 2020.
- Funding will not be awarded retrospectively so owners must complete the application form and receive authorisation before purchasing equipment to be eligible for reimbursement.
- PFDs purchased must comply with minimum standards – see MGN 588 for details.
- Seafish will check with the MCA and the relevant Fisheries Department to check and confirm the accuracy of the information provided in an application – including personal details, vessel ownership, licensing and that it is currently active.
Having and wearing PFDs when working onboard fishing vessels is required following the implementation of the Work in Fishing Convention (ILO 188) and the publication of Marine Guidance Notice 588 in late 2018.
For more information visit: https://seafish.org/article/funding-for-pfds-with-plbs