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The latest version of the FishSAFE unit, the essential safety information tool for fishermen working near offshore oil and gas infrastructure in the UK Continental Shelf, is now available.

FishSAFE Mk3 includes major improvements such as a high-resolution touch screen and trackball option.

FishSAFE updates its internal hazards database automatically from the internet and there is also an online messaging facility. The internet connection uses cable or WiFi, including via mobile phones on tether.

These enhancements, among others, will make it even easier for fishermen to obtain and view the latest oil and gas related data. The feedback from skippers who have trialled the new units has been very positive.

FishSAFE displays a map of relevant information showing what is on or above the seabed and incorporates an audible and visual alarm, activated when a boat approaches offshore infrastructure or a safety zone.

Crucially, FishSAFE contains information on pipeline spans which, standing proud of the seabed, create an even greater risk of the snagging of fishing gear.

The new unit has been developed by FLTC Services, the operational part of FLTC, the charity which promotes the distribution of vital data to fishermen. It is available only to fishermen in the UK fleet.

To purchase a unit, download and complete the purchase order form on the FishSAFE website (www.fishsafe.eu) or alternatively, contact the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation at accounts@sff.co.uk.