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stontamar
1st August 2008, 08:45
This is awful news and our thoughts go out to those lost and to their families and friends. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east/7536547.stm

Vision II does not seem to appear in the EU Fleet Register or the UK Fishing Vessel list and no photgraphs appear on this site. Have the BBC got the name right?

TrawlerAdmin
1st August 2008, 09:49
From the story you link to it seems her name had been Amethyst BF19 and she must have been sold and being renamed.

Our thoughts must be with the families of the crewmen who have died in this fire.

stontamar
1st August 2008, 11:29
Pictures have just appeared on BBC news and they show the vessel carrying the registration BF19, presumably this is not the BF19 Amethyst recently seen in the Macduff shipyard.

bill wood
1st August 2008, 11:52
This is the old Amethyst as the new Amthyst at Macduff is just completing
Regds
Bill

stontamar
1st August 2008, 12:20
She must have been in the process of changing not only her name from Amethyst to Vision II but also her port registration number BF19.

john
1st August 2008, 15:28
it looked as if the number on the vision was BF 199 0n the news report

Jordan
1st August 2008, 16:15
how did it caught fire?

john
1st August 2008, 18:58
the police don't exactly know how she caught fire but they are not treating it as suspicious,they must have left something on,what?they don't know at this stage

Jordan
1st August 2008, 20:18
perhaps it might be the gas cooker? while the crew is in sleep i think

Bob Murphy
1st August 2008, 20:37
It'll be fully investigated and the findings will be on the MAIB website in due course. Like most things we may find it could have been avoided. Stay safe folks.

Jordan
1st August 2008, 20:41
RIP to the 3 people who died! how they died in the fire they should get off aborad or they was in sleep cos the fire went abot 01:30am

young knoxy
1st August 2008, 21:24
Its An Extreamly Sad Day Today. My Thoughts Go Out To The Familys Of The Three Men. RIP
DOES ANYBODY KNOW WHERE THE VESSEL IN QUESTION WAS BUILT

Alexander West
2nd August 2008, 00:00
shes a macduff Shipyards

Alexander West
2nd August 2008, 00:04
it looked as if the number on the vision was BF 199 0n the news report

u sure its not BF190 thats what it looks like from the pier

john
2nd August 2008, 15:16
aye its either BF 190 or BF 199 alex seen it on the news and it looked like BF 199 but now i've seen other photos i think its BF 190 as they couldn't keep it as BF 19 as the new Amethyst is to be BF 19

J45ONJ
2nd August 2008, 15:26
It was "Amethyst BF.19 now it is "Vision 2 BF.190"
Yesterday was an absoulute disaster for all of the fishing community, my dad lost a good crewman.
They will all be sadly missed:(

john
2nd August 2008, 15:33
your dad own the vision ?

J45ONJ
2nd August 2008, 15:36
no he was co. owner of the amethyst and one of the crew was staying on the vision 2 until the new Amethyst was ready

john
2nd August 2008, 15:38
wrong place,wrong time resulted in a tradegy

john
2nd August 2008, 16:30
it said in one of the papers that one of the deceased was going to sleep onboard a friends boat berthed alongside the Vision 11

Alexander West
3rd August 2008, 00:07
Not a good day at all very quiet down the harbour still se a few bunches of flowers laid down beside the pier yes he did loose a good crewman and a very pleasant man too jason

watchman
3rd August 2008, 11:27
R.i.p You Lads You Are Safely Anchored Now Love To All Your Family And Friends And All The Fr Fishing Community

TrawlerAdmin
17th November 2008, 15:46
Warning on overnight ship stays

Ship owners have been told they could be breaching health and safety guidelines by allowing crew members to remain onboard vessels overnight.

The warning from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) follows the deaths of three men in a fire on a ship in Fraserburgh Harbour this summer.

The MCA said safety systems intended for use at sea may become inadequate when the ship is shut down in harbour.

It said action could be taken by inspectors who discover offenders.

Rimants Venckus, 50, from Latvia, and Filipinos Ramilito Capangpangan Calipayan and Benjamin Rosello Potot, both 33, died on Friday 1 August.

They were on board the prawn trawler Vision II.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east/7733817.stm

J45ONJ
25th March 2009, 14:40
the MAIB report

http://www.maib.gov.uk/cms_resources/Vision_II_Report.pdf

Davie Tait
14th May 2009, 20:50
http://www.fishnewseu.com/latest-news/scottish/1231-safety-chief-warns-of-new-hazard-developing-in-fishing-industry.html


Thursday, 14 May 2009 10:03

THE deaths of three foreign fishermen on board a trawler at Fraserburgh last year has brought sharply into focus a "new hazard" developing in the fishing industry, a safety chief has warned.

Writing in the foreword of the latest safety bulletin issued by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), the branch's chief inspector of marine accidents Stephen Meyer underlines that simply saying that fishing is a dangerous occupation is no longer a valid excuse for accidents.

And he contends that "almost none" of the recent deaths and fishing vessel losses were unavoidable.

Twenty fishing vessels were lost and eight fishermen died in onboard accidents last year and Mr Meyer says that few of the losses were the result of vessels being overwhelmed at sea.

"Awareness of the risks, safe practices, good maintenance, sensible safety equipment and trained crews would have prevented nearly all recent accidents," he adds.

Meanwhile the loss of three foreign crewmen in a fire on board the Vision II at Fraserburgh last August had brought into focus a new hazard developing in the fishing industry.

With the advent of more fishermen from overseas, more crew are sleeping on board their vessel in their home port, but he said many fishing vessels were not suited to this, lacking even the "most basic" safety requirements.

Mr Meyer went on: "Alarms are normally fitted to sound in the wheelhouse, with the result that fishermen sleeping below cannot hear them.

"More worrying still, many alarms are disabled when alongside, due to limitations in shore power," he added.

Emergency escape routes were often locked when alongside for security reasons and access to a vessel was often dangerous, particularly at night and perhaps when returning to a vessel after having a few drinks.

"If you are going to have crew members living on board, please think through the dangers and put in place appropriate safety measures," he went on.

Davie Tait
4th January 2010, 11:24
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east/8438674.stm


A fatal accident inquiry is due to be held to determine the cause of a fire which killed three crewmen on a fishing boat in Fraserburgh.

The inquiry is due to take place later this year.

It will investigate the blaze on board the Banff-registered trawler Vision II in Fraserburgh harbour.

Filipinios Ramilito Calipayan and Benjamin Potot, both 33, and 50-year-old Latvian Rimants Venckus died in the fire on 1 August 2008.

A Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) report said a faulty heater or a smouldering cigarette were the likely cause of the fire.

Safety course

Investigators found that Mr Calipayan and Mr Potot probably died sleeping on benches in the galley.

The body of Mr Venckus was found in the wheelhouse. It is thought he may have collapsed while trying to escape.

The investigators concluded Mr Venckus chose an escape route, via the wheelhouse, that was most affected by smoke and heat.

Had he chosen an alternative route, however, he would have discovered that an escape hatch was seized.

None of the dead crewmen had undergone a UK basic safety awareness course.

http://www.trawlerphotos.co.uk/gallery/data/681/medium/vision2BF190-5jan2009b.jpg

Davie Tait
9th March 2010, 20:45
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east/8556375.stm


A fatal accident inquiry into a fire which killed three crewmen on a fishing boat in Fraserburgh is to be held in July, it has been announced.

It will investigate the blaze on board the Banff-registered trawler Vision II.

Filipinios Ramilito Calipayan and Benjamin Potot, both 33, and 50-year-old Rimants Venckus died in the fire on 1 August 2008.

The FAI is scheduled for three days from 20 July at Peterhead Sheriff Court.

A Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) report earlier said a faulty heater or a smouldering cigarette was the likely cause of the fire.

Davie Tait
22nd July 2010, 20:06
http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1838098


Fiscal tells sheriff fresh evidence has emerged from health and safety executive

By Stephen Christie

Published: 22/07/2010

A formal inquiry into a blaze on board a fishing boat that killed three crewmen has been put off for five months.

The investigation was due to begin at Peterhead yesterday to try to determine what caused the fire on the Banff-registered Vision II in August 2008.

Filipinos Ramilito Calipayan and Benjamin Potot, both 33, died on board the vessel. Latvian crewman Rimants Venckus, 50, was overcome as he tried to scramble out of the burning boat.

The 90ft vessel was berthed at Fraserburgh harbour for a refit when the fire took hold.

Procurator fiscal David Thorburn yesterday asked Sheriff Marysia Lewis, sitting at Peterhead Sheriff Court, to delay the hearing.

He said there had been difficulty contacting the dead men’s families and that fresh information had been received from the Health and Safety Executive.

“I feel that there has not been enough communication with my office and the next of kin,” Mr Thorburn said.

“There has been insufficient contact with their families and it is not clear whether or not they would wish to be represented at or attend the inquiry.”

The fiscal added: “New information has also come to light which requires to be referred to authors of two reports for the inquiry.”

Sheriff Lewis agreed to adjourn the inquiry until December when it is expected to last five days.

It will examine what changes and improvements have been made since the fatal blaze, as well as what lessons can be learned.

It was initially investigated by the Department of Transport’s Marine Accidents Investigation Branch.

Officials failed to pinpoint the exact cause of the fire, however.

In their report, it was ruled that the fire broke out inside the Vision II’s galley and may have been caused by a faulty heater or a cigarette.

The blaze raised concerns about the pay and working conditions of migrant fishermen in north-east boats.

Officials from the Inter- national Transport Workers’ Federation said they were investigating complaints from Filipino fishermen at Fraserburgh, but locals have always insisted that crewmen from overseas living in Fraserburgh were happy and well looked after.

Davie Tait
16th May 2011, 15:16
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-13399450

Fraserburgh fire deaths boat 'engulfed in smoke'

A fishing boat in which three crewmen died at Fraserburgh harbour was engulfed in smoke, a fatal accident inquiry has heard.

The men were killed in a fire which swept through the Banff-registered trawler Vision II in August 2008.

They were Filipinos Ramilito Calipayan and Benjamin Potot, both 33, and 50-year-old Latvian, Rimants Venckus.

Witness Alan Beedie told Peterhead Sheriff Court he raised the alarm and there was nothing more he could do.

Mr Beedie, 61, a harbour security guard, said he was on patrol on the night of the incident.

He said a lot of foreign seamen stayed on boats.

Mr Beedie said he saw smoke in the early hours coming from the wheelhouse area, and thought someone was cooking, but realised something was not right.
Likely causes

He went aboard to check but was engulfed in smoke. He opened another door and was again engulfed.

Mr Beedie said the smoke was thick and he could not see anything.

Five minutes later the emergency services arrived.

Skipper Zander Jack, 50, from Gardenstown, Aberdeenshire, told the FAI he only took ownership of Vision II the day before the fire.

A Marine Accident Investigation Branch report after the incident said a faulty heater or a smouldering cigarette were the likely causes of the fire.

The FAI had been due to start last summer.

However it was postponed after the court heard there had been difficulty contacting the dead men's families and that fresh information had been received from the Health and Safety Executive.

The inquiry continues on Tuesday.

Davie Tait
17th May 2011, 15:46
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-13425539

Fraserburgh deaths inquiry told of boat fire rescue bid

Members of the emergency services have told how they were confronted with flames and smoke on a fishing boat in which three crewmen died.

Filipinos Ramilito Calipayan and Benjamin Potot, both 33, and 50-year-old Latvian Rimants Venckus died at Fraserburgh harbour.

A fire swept through the Banff-registered trawler Vision II in 2008.

Firemen and paramedics told a fatal accident inquiry at Peterhead Sheriff Court the bodies were found inside.

One of the firefighters told the second day of the FAI the smoke was so thick he could not see his hand in front of his face.

The court heard two of the dead men were found in the galley, and the other in the wheelhouse.

A Marine Accident Investigation Branch report after the incident said a faulty heater or a smouldering cigarette were the likely causes of the fire.

The FAI had been due to start last summer.

However, it was postponed after the court heard there had been difficulty contacting the dead men's families and that fresh information had been received from the Health and Safety Executive.

The inquiry continues on Wednesday.

Davie Tait
20th May 2011, 16:04
http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/2275335

fire investigator describes using magnifying glass to pinpoint cause of fire in galley
Safety device on heater at centre of boat blaze was broken

By Jamie Buchan

Published: 20/05/2011

A tiny but crucial safety device fitted to a galley heater at the centre of a devastating fishing boat blaze was broken, an inquiry heard yesterday.

A leading fire investigator said he had to use a magnifying glass to pinpoint the exact cause of the blaze which killed three men on board the Banff-registered Vision II. A fatal accident inquiry is being held at Peterhead Sheriff Court to determine what lessons can be learned.

Fire broke out while the vessel was berthed at Fraserburgh early on August 1, 2008. Filipino crewmen Ramilito Calipayan and Benjamin Potot, both 33, died in their sleep in the galley. Rimants Venckus, 50, tried to escape through the wheelhouse but was overcome.

Davie Tait
24th August 2011, 15:26
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-14650945

'Calamities' led to fire Fraserburgh boat deaths

A string of "calamitous" modifications contributed to the deaths of three men in fire on a fishing boat in Fraserburgh, a sheriff has ruled.

Filipinos Ramilito Calipayan and Benjamin Potot, both 33, and 50-year-old Latvian Rimants Venckus died at Fraserburgh harbour.

A fire swept through the Banff-registered trawler Vision II in 2008.

Sheriff Marysia Lewis, in her fatal accident inquiry ruling, said agencies were confused over safety inspections.

Fire alarms had been switched off and a fire door left open on the Vision II when a heater caught fire three years ago.

The fire started when air vents on an electric heater became blocked.

The FAI found the fire could have been avoided if the heater had been housed in a plywood box to prevent obstructions to the air flow.

It also found regular inspections and maintenance had not been carried out on emergency exits meaning an escape hatch becoming seized up had not been spotted.

It had also became routine practice to switch off power to the fire alarm when boats were tied up.
'Good faith'

Sheriff Lewis said that two agencies - the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Sea Fish Industry Authority - had become confused about who was responsible for inspecting heaters and other safety factors and so none had been carried out.

The fishing industry said it has been working hard to improve safety since the tragedy, and has implemented a raft of recommendations following a Marine Accident Investigation Branch report in 2009.

A spokesman for the Scottish Fishermen's Federation said the industry had also introduced a code of conduct for the employment of non-EU crews, and had improved its use of risk assessments.

The industry will study the latest inquiry findings to learn any further lessons.

Vision II skipper Zander Jack said only that he felt he had not done anything wrong and that it was a tragic accident.

Speaking by satellite phone from Vision II, he told BBC Scotland: "We bought the boat in good faith and did everything we could with it."

Davie Tait
24th August 2011, 15:28
http://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/opinions/2011FAI39.html