SMALL BOAT SAFETY: THE ALASKAN KING CRAB BOAT EXPERIENCE

A two-year-long research project concerning vessel safety problems in the Alaska king crab fishery was recently completed. Preliminary results of the casualty analysis part of the study were presented in "Alaskan King Crab Boat Casualties," Marine Technology, January, 1978. This paper presents the final results of the casualty analysis, and then applies those results to recommend safety-oriented design features. Although these recommendations were formulated to apply specifically to king crab boats, in many instances they may be applied to any of the related classes of small boats, commonly referred to as industrial vessels. Design recommendations are presented in the areas of vessel arrangements, subdivision, procedures for performing stability calculations, and the format for presenting stability information. Specific recommendations are made concerning deckhouse location, lazarette design, and crab tank size, including a rule-of-thumb free-surface limit. A sample stability information report form is also presented. Human factors are shown to be extremely important in king crab boat casualties. Design features that can reduce the incidence and severity of human error are discussed and procedures to increase communication between naval architects and fisherman are proposed.

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    • Presented at the 8 March 1980 meeting of the Pacific Northwest Section of SNAME.
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    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

    601 Pavonia Avenue
    Jersey City, NJ  United States  07306-2907
  • Authors:
    • Storch, R L
  • Publication Date: 1980-7

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  • Accession Number: 00316451
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 8 1980 12:00AM