The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) has reinforced its commitment to individual safety and reducing accidents at sea with the appointment of Robert Greenwood as Safety and Training Officer.
Appointed to help supply a safety
culture within the fishing industry, Robert will be responsible for liaising
closely with the NFFO’s partner organisations such as the Maritime and
Coastguard Agency and the Department of Transport to ensure new safety
legislation is practical for those working at sea. Originally from a fishing
family in Selsey, Robert joins the federation following 14 years as a sea
safety instructor at industry authority, Seafish.
On his appointment, Robert
commented: “Working in the fishing industry is still ranked as one of the most
dangerous professions in the UK with almost 3,500 accidents having occurred on
UK fishing vessels in the last ten years, resulting in the loss of 94 lives.
From my first hand experience of life on a fishing boat, I am keen to work with
the industry to marry safety regulations with the practical implications and
work together with individuals to help save lives at sea”
National Federation of Fishermen’s
Organisations, Chief Executive, Barrie Deas, said “Safety is a key priority to
the federation and the industry as a whole. With Robert’s appointment we are
hopeful to continue leading the way in safety at sea and encourage people to
take ownership of their own safety in terms of both training and equipment.”
Robert’s appointment follows the
retirement of former Safety and Training Officer Jim Hudson who worked with the
NFFO for almost ten years and will still continue to support the organisation’s
The NFFO has embarked on a number
of initiatives to promote further safety at sea and last year partnered with
the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), the European Fisheries Fund (EFF),
the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and the Northern Ireland Department of
Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) to provide 6,000 subsidised personal
floatation devices to British fishermen to help cut man overboard deaths.
For more information visit https://www.nffo.org.uk/ or follow Robert’s
new Twitter profile @NFFO_Safety