View Full Version : Warning over huge lost fish net ( BBC )

Davie Tait
25th February 2008, 12:51

The net is a Purse Seine and they are normally 600fm/3600ft/1097m long and around 100fm/600ft/183m deep at the deepest part. This means the floats will still be on the surface of the water when the leadline is still on the seabed below. This is a serious hazard to ALL shipping. A purse seine can weight up to 40-50t out of the water so would be a serious problem to any vessel should they get tangled in it.

The vessel it was lost from was , apparently , the Norweigan ( Bergen ) registered vessel Krossfjord H-69-S and a warning to all shipping has been issued by the MCA


jd mcmillan
26th February 2008, 01:01
No warnings where heard by us from when we left FR saturday morning up untill we where stoped in our tracks by this purse net. We have suffered major damage to our gear box, shaft, stern gear and as of yet we dont no what damage ther is to the prop and rudder. this is extremely frustrating as we are only of the slip after 3wks of DTI work. This could of been avoided if the krossfjord or coastguard had done something soner instead it (net) was left to drift around in the pentland firth.Luckely as of yet no tankers or ferrys have been fouled by this. The Aubretia BCK32 is curretly awaiting in scrabster on better weather for a tow back to fraserburgh for repairs!!

Davie Tait
26th February 2008, 10:22
I think the MCA only put out the warning after you had fanned up on the net JD. Bloody infuriating when a purser makes no effort to get a net back onboard. As far as i'm concerned the skipper should be charged with reckless endangerment of life for not having the net secured aboard properly.

quiet waters
26th February 2008, 11:59
why didn't they try to recover the net? surely something that big doesn't just go overboard without notice, must have plenty money if they didn't try to get it back, how much does one cost? 100,000, 200,000? i hope they are held liable for repair costs including loss of time at sea and earnings,

Davie Tait
26th February 2008, 12:32
An update from the Shipsnostalgia site

From Craig1128

Here is an update from yesterday:

A HUGE fishing net which was lost over the side of a fishing boat on Friday afternoon is causing problems in the Pentland Firth.

Coastguards have been issuing warnings to shipping after the net was lost from the Bergen registered trawler 'Krossfjord' on Friday afternoon.

Only a few hours after the net was reported lost, the Buckie registered fishing boat 'Aubretia' caught it's propellor in the drifting net and had to be towed to safety into Scrabster by Thurso lifeboat.

The Coastguard tug 'Anglian Sovereign' was tasked to come down from Shetland to attempt to retrieve the net, and on Monday morning was in the area of the net which was just south of Stroma.

A spokesman for Aberdeen Coastguard, who are co-ordinating the incident, said that the net was in quite shallow water and appeared to be stuck on something, which was causing further problems.

I heard today that the tug was now back up in Shetland and the Krossfjord was back in the Pentland Firth... I will post another update when I hear more.

from Reduster

Net now ashore at brough....