Lookout! Issue 30, December 2013
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A commercial fishing trawler was destroyed by an engine room fire that spread so quickly the skipper and three crew had to abandon ship without making any attempt to fight it.
Oil booms had to be deployed in the pristine waters of a World Heritage site after a crane tipped over while working on a barge.
A man working on a fishing trawler sustained a serious injury to his finger when he tried to adjust a machine without stopping it first.
A Chatham Islands fishing company and skipper were prosecuted for operating a vessel outside the limits of its safe ship management (SSM) certificate. The skipper was not on board the vessel at the time.
A 36-foot (11 metre) wooden launch with three people on board struck rocks close to an island at night, in calm conditions and in waters the skipper was familiar with.
A man had a long, cold and anxious journey back to shore after his clothing became contaminated by petrol that leaked from a plastic tank.
A man on a drinking binge while operating his boat on a busy lake caused a series of incidents that put the safety of others at grave risk.
Every boat must have a skipper. The skipper is legally responsible for the safety of the boat and all the people on board, and is also responsible for complying with all of the relevant rules and regulations.