Jimmy signs up for new SFF onboard support scheme

One of Scotland’s best known fishing skippers has successfully put his vessel and crew through the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation new Onboard Support Scheme, which is now playing an important role in helping prevent accidents at sea.

Crew safety has always been a top priority for skipper Jimmy Buchan of the Amity, which is why he decided to participate in the SFF’s Onboard Support Scheme following the completion of a major refit of his vessel.

The new scheme for SFF members is designed to produce a safety management system for fishing vessels by providing assistance in formulating an onboard risk assessment.

The SFF is using a proven Danish designed online safety system which is very straight forward to adopt. The initiative has been very well received in Denmark and its success has been reflected in the decrease of accidents and fatalities in the

As well as providing an opportunity to develop a risk assessment, the management system allows skippers to record many different aspects of running their vessel including the expiry dates of life saving appliances, survey dates, creating lifting equipment records and recording crew certificate details.

Skipper Buchan, who is well known for his starring role in the BBC’s ‘Trawlermen’ TV series said: “This scheme is exactly what I needed and having someone from the SFF guiding the crew through the discussions and recording their thoughts was priceless.

“I particularly like the idea that I will receive a prompt when any of my life-saving appliances is due for renewal - for me that is something less to worry about.”