Paper captain enforcement

Wow - a whole $12,000 fine. As long as the owner saved at least $12,001 I see no reason he won’t keep right on doing it.


A bit surprised about this case
Looks more like a Norwegian coastal seiner than a US Tuna longliner:

Here is a vessel with the same callsign and fishery registration as the one on the picture:

She was offered for sale some time ago (Dec.2021) (??)

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“… the boarding officers found the U.S. citizen listed as captain could not identify the high-water alarm on the boat and did not know how to deactivate it,…”

If the location of the bilge alarms & how to disable the automation system is the litmus test of detecting a paper captain there’s a lot of captains in trouble. Maybe all of them?


You unplug it, right? :joy:

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I worked on a well stimulation vessel with one captain for over a year & a half. I had to show him something in an auxiliary switchboard room. When we were leaving that room he admitted to me that he didn’t even know that room existed. He was the real & paper captain but that ships engine spaces were like a maze. It took engineers & QMEDs weeks to figure it out. 3rd party vendors have told me they had been lost 15 minutes just walking around searching for their way back to the ECR. I can see how a captain wouldn’t know where the bilge alarms were.

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On a big ship the captain may well not know where every bit of engineering stuff is.
On a fishing boat that size, not knowing where the bilge alarms are is like asking the skipper of a Boston Whaler where the engine is and getting a blank look.