MAIB annual report

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) investigates accidents involving fishing vessels and publishes reports identifying the lessons to be learned.

According to the latest MAIB Annual Report, in 2016:

  • 163 fishing vessels were involved in reported accidents - UP from 115 in 2015
  • 8 fishing vessels were lost (0.14% of the total fleet) - DOWN from 13 (0.23%) in 2015
  • 31 fishermen suffered serious injury - UP from 28 in 2015
  • 9 fishermen lost their lives - UP from 7 in 2015

In the Report, the Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents observes that:

"Eight commercial fishing vessels were lost in 2016 compared with 13 in 2015. The average age of the boats lost was 30 years; 63% of these were small vessels under 15 metres (loa). An average of 16 commercial fishing vessels per year have been lost during the last 10 years.

Nine fishermen lost their lives in 2016 compared with seven lives lost in 2015."

Information on current MAIB investigations can be found here.

The MAIB investigates marine accidents involving UK vessels worldwide and all vessels in UK territorial waters. In addition to Safety Flyers and Accident Investigation Reports, it also publishes regular Safety Digests (a compendium of anonymous articles involving vessels from the merchant, fishing and small craft sector), which draw attention to some of the lessons arising from recent accident/incident investigations.

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