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Stronger with SEA-NL; 10% off hydrostatic release units for life rafts

DSS Protection, a marine safety company with an office out of Mount Pearl, actually offers SEA-NL members up to 10% off a whole selection of safety equipment for fishing vessels and crew, but mention of hydrostatic release unit stops me in my tracks.

The 34'11 fishing vessel Sarah Anne sank in May 2020 while fishing snow crab in Placentia Bay with the loss of the four-man crew.

The Sarah Anne was fitted with a 6-person inflatable life raft secured to the top of the wheelhouse, but it was not outfitted with a hydrostatic release to allow the raft to float free if the vessel sank.

According to the Transportation Safety Board report into the tragedy, it was typical to use straps to secure the life raft to its cradle, and the life raft would therefore have required manual deployment.

“Because the Sarah Anne likely lost stability and capsized quickly, the crew may not have had the opportunity to manually deploy a life raft. The life raft was not found during the SAR efforts; it likely sank with the vessel.”

That's why SEA-NL is forming partnerships with companies like DSS Protection: such a relationship is in the best interest of our enterprise owner members.

Besides DSS Protection, Guardian Transport has also come onboard with 10% off all moving services within Canada, and SEA-NL is in discussions with other companies that do business with the inshore fleet for similar partnerships.

If you're an enterprise owner who has yet to sign on with SEA-NL, please consider doing so.

Over the next week representatives will be calling enterprise owners around the province to poll you on benefits, to educate you on the benefits of a SEA-NL membership, and to ask you to consider signing up.

Remember: Stronger with SEA-NL.

Ryan Cleary,

Executive Director, SEA-NL

Seaward Enterprises Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (SEA-NL) is a professional, non-profit organization serving as the distinct voice for licensed, independent owner-operator inshore fish harvesters. You can read more about SEA-NL, and join us here.

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