After Deadly Man Over Board, Norway Requires Crab Boats to Improve Deck Safety

On January 30, a Latvian crewmember went over the side of the Norwegian crabber F/V Hunter while fishing for snow crab in the Barents Sea. Despite a heroic search effort, the body was never found, and the individual is presumed dead. An initial inquiry by the Norwegian Safety Investigation Authority found that the crew member may have gone over the side with the crab pot lines while setting gear. The Board particularly cited MOB hazards related to the location of stored bait and the process of setting lines on the pot before deployment. Going forward, the Norwegian Maritime Authority wants operators to “eliminate” the risk of going overboard, “including being dragged overboard with the equipment [crab pots].” >click to read< 10:58

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