Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Latest serious incident on fishing vessel confirms fears

Maritime Union says latest serious incident on fishing vessel confirms fears

The Maritime Union says a serious injury to a Government fisheries observer confirms its fears that the clean up of the fishing industry is not moving fast enough.

Fisheries observer Martin Bowers had his arm yanked from its socket and his forearm mutilated when his lifejacket became snagged on a conveyor belt on a Korean fishing vessel south of Bluff on Friday night.

He is now recovering after being winched from the vessel by a rescue helicopter and having his arm amputated below the elbow at Dunedin Hospital.

The Government announced in 2012 that joint venture foreign fishing vessels would have to be reflagged to the New Zealand flag by 2016, bringing them under New Zealand health and safety regulations.

Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Joe Fleetwood says the incident reinforces the view of the Union that any further delays in reflagging are putting crews and observers at risk through conditions on some vessels.

“The reflagging of these joint venture vessels is not going to happen until 2016 which we have said from the beginning is too long and too soft on the operators."

"It is likely that another serious incident will occur in this timeframe based on the history of the industry.”

He says the reflagging should happen by the end of this year at the latest as serious incidents and harm were still occurring.

Mr Fleetwood says the Sur Este 700 has already been in the news after it struck rocks and spilled diesel fuel near Stewart Island in April 2013, requiring an expensive surveillance operation.

A sister vessel, the Sur Este 707, was raided by Government agencies in Timaru in February 2013. Officers from Immigration New Zealand, the Labour Inspectorate and representatives from other agencies, including the police and Maritime New Zealand visited the Sur Este 707.

In a statement, MBIE said their investigation followed information provided by a government fishery observer who noted possible issues with vessel safety, excessive hours of crew work and falsification of crew time records.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news