Shark y otros accidentes

El pasado 19 de enero el pesquero ingles Shark se incendió, sus tripulantes no dominaban el idioma de Shakespeare pero con la ayuda del Centro Nacional de Salvamento consiguieron salvar el pellejo, lo contabamos aquí.

El MAIB tiene ya un informe preeliminar, parece ser que el incendio les quemó los cuadros eléctricos y por ello se quedaron sin bomba ContraIncendios, luego intentaron asfixiar el fuego, pero eso da para una novela, al final, será la ayuda exterior la que acabe con el incendio.

Para redondear el negocio, otros dos pesqueros ingleses, pero de propiedad española, también han estado envueltos en más problemas esos días y no hay que ser un lince, para pensar lo que ahora toca.

Preliminary conclusions indicate that the ?re started in one of the vessel’s crew cabins probably due to an electrical fault. The MAIB’s initial ?ndings have highlighted the following areas of concern:
• The crew were all foreign nationals. The level of spoken English was very poor and the skipper and mate did not hold a valid Certi?cate of Equivalent Competency (CEC) issued by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
• None of the crew had completed the mandatory safety training courses, and emergency drills had never been conducted on board the vessel.
• Shark had been surveyed by an MCA surveyor in July 2004 but had not undergone her mandatory interim inspection, which became due in July 2006.
• In addition to the seized ventilation ?re ?aps and defective emergency ?re pump described above, other ?re protection and ?re-?ghting arrangements were very poor: the bellows breathing apparatus had missing seals, the ?re detection system was defective; the engine room CO2 system pipework was corroded, emergency remote quick closing valves were seized or inaccessible whilst, in the engine room, emergency quick closing valves were lashed open.
• Numerous domestic electrical appliances were left routinely powered up; electrical cables were draped over sharp edged, non-continuous bulkheads within the accommodation, with external and internal phase insulation found to be worn through.
Although registered in the United Kingdom, Shark is owned and controlled by interests domiciled in Spain. Licensed to ?sh in UK waters, the vessel operates primarily from La Coru?a, in northern Spain and calls only infrequently at UK ports to land ?sh. The MAIB is currently investigating accidents which recently occurred on a further two Spanish owned ?shing vessels1. Early feedback from these investigations has also raised similar concerns.

Data issued by DEFRA indicate there are 113 UK registered ?shing vessels which are wholly or partly owned by foreign interests. Of these, 61 are controlled by interests based in Spain. The causes and circumstances of the ?re on board Shark, and the accidents to two further Spanish owned, UK registered ?shing vessels raises doubt not only over the safe operation and supervision of the three vessels concerned but, potentially, the entire foreign owned UK ?shing ?eet. The MAIB believes urgent action is required to verify the condition and operational safety of these vessels.

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