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Small Commercial Fishing Vessel Stability Analysis: Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going?

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Small commercial fishing vessels are the largest, most diverse, and constantly evolving class of marine vessels in existence. Yet the methods used to evaluate their stability reflect a one size fits all approach with little improvement over the many decades since their introduction in the early 1900s. This conflict coupled with significant flaws in the methods used to convey stability guidance to the crews leads to unacceptable risks being taken and fishing vessels and their crews being lost. Improvements are needed in all areas of small commercial fishing vessel analysis: better criteria that reflect the true dynamic environment faced by the crews, better means to convey stability guidance, including the current risk of capsize to the crews, and lastly a program to teach stability and how to use the guidance provided.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2003-10-01

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