Fishermen catch grant to stay safe in oil & gas industry waters

Fishermen working in seas that have oil and gas machinery underwater are set to benefit after a safety project won a £413,000 grant from the European Fisheries Fund and the […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Fishermen working in seas that have oil and gas machinery underwater are set to benefit after a safety project won a £413,000 grant from the European Fisheries Fund and the Scottish Government.

The FishSAFE Information Project improves fishermen’s safety by giving them detailed information on oil and gas equipment under the sea around the UK continental shelf (UKCS).

Niall Scott, executive chairman of FLTCS, the firm which received the grant said: “The information gathered is deployed in FishSAFE units which fishing boats use to detect their position in relation to oil and gas related surface and subsea structures in UK waters. Fishing nets can become caught on these structures so their detection is instrumental in improving the safety of mariners.”

The funds will also support a two-year research and development project looking at transferring similar data to other EU member states and Norway.