AMSA issues a safety alert on fixed fin stabilisers

Incorrect installation of fixed fin stabilisers can cause serious issues says AMSA
Incorrect installation of fixed fin stabilisers can cause serious issues says AMSA

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has issued a safety alert to raise awareness of the risks associated with the use of fixed fin stabilisers on fishing vessels. It is important to note that incorrect use of fixed fin stabilisers can lead to an accident and even cause a vessel to capsize. Fixed fin stabilisers are also sometimes referred to as batwing stabilisers, anti-roll fins, fixed-arm stabilisers, passive-fin stabilisers, and fixed fins. They are designed to dampen, or reduce, the roll of a vessel, giving it a more comfortable ride in rough weather and possibly even making the vessel run truer. Once installed, fixed fin stabilisers are designed to be lifted up at certain times, such as when operating in shallow waters, crossing a bar, and berthing. Failure to do so carries serious risk. While these stabilisers improve comfort by reducing erratic movement and minimising the roll of a vessel in rough seas, it is of paramount importance to note that they do Continue reading “AMSA issues a safety alert on fixed fin stabilisers”

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