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Fishing Boats (Stability)

Volume 961: debated on Wednesday 31 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he is satisfied that the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organisation rules of stability are satisfactorily obeyed in the construction of fishing boats; and whether he has any information to suggest that boat builders are too often sticking to the minimum stability figure instead of making an allowance in excess of the minimum.

The stability criteria for fishing vessels recommended by IMCO are reflected in the Fishing Vessel (Safety Provisions) Rules 1975, which apply to fishing vessels 12 metres in length and over. All newly constructed fishing vessels to which the rules apply must demonstrate full compliance with the stability criteria in all operating conditions in order to obtain a fishing vessel certificate.