To initiate an independent assessment of boat size/safety regulations to review determining factors and suggest new approaches.
The issue of vessel length for the fishery has met with considerable concern since the sinking of the Ryans Commander reopened the debate on boat building regulations and safety. Length restrictions meant that boats were getting wider and taller to accommodate equipment and fuel. Some measures that were taken included Transport Canada requiring all vessels to be stability tested and carry a stability data book. All vessels with stabilization tanks, or anti-roll devices were also required to be stability or incline tested. Other factors may need to be considered including restrictions on boat length.
Roles for Memorial University:
To conduct an independent review and assessment of federal boat safety regulations in Newfoundland and Labrador pertaining to the fishery).