Fishermen can trial new safety monitor

FISHERMEN from all over the UK are being invited to participate in research trials to improve safety at sea.

A new stability monitor called SeaWise has been designed for small craft to warn of loss of stability while at sea. The system monitors the loss of stability through continuous roll measurement.

The system is now at the end stage of its development and is undergoing final sea trials to ensure optimal performance.

While several are already being trialled, there are still opportunities for other fishermen to participate should they wish to do so.

The monitor was developed by Hook Marine and the company’s Ken Smith said: ‘Loss of stability is the biggest single reason for fishing vessel losses, which is why SeaWise is so important for improving safety and preventing tragic accidents.’

The equipment for trial – no bigger than a laptop – would be delivered by Smith to any UK fishing port or harbour, where he would also give a demonstration on how to operate it.

After the trial period, the equipment would be collected, and the results analysed by a research team from the University of Strathclyde.

Smith will be at Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2018 on May 25 and 26, to discuss SeaWise and set up a trial for interested fishermen. For more details about the monitor, visit www.hookmarine.com.

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