FishSAFE App to make life safer for fishermen

AN APP has been launched which will help make life safer for North Sea fishermen with help from the oil and gas industry.

The FishSAFE Companion App will give information about oil and gas equipment on sea bed and surface – ranging from platforms to subsea pipelines - so fishermen can better understand what the object is.

It is designed to complement FishSAFE Information and the FishSAFE unit which are already used by hundreds of skippers who fish in the North Sea and provides them with detailed information about potential oil and gas-related hazards in UK waters.

The new free app provides extra information about objects such as subsea wellheads, pipelines and protective structures.

The size of equipment is indicated by a scale representation using easily-recognisable objects such as a person, bus or plane so fishermen can easily see how big the potential hazards are in comparison. Users can also type in their own notes in case, for example, the item has moved.

There is also a quiz so fishermen can test their knowledge, and a 3D picture so they know exactly what the potential hazard looks like.

FishSAFE was set up after four men died when the Arbroath trawler Westhaven sank after it snagged on an underwater pipeline in 1997.

Niall Scott, FLTC Services Limited chairman, said the new app will help fishermen by giving them more information about potential hazards shown in the FishSAFE Information data and the FishSAFE unit.

“We all want our fishing fleet to be as safe as possible,” said Mr Scott.

“The additional information in the FishSAFE Companion App is presented in a really easy-to-access way,” he added.