Chase Boats

NFFO Services Ltd. can provide for clients involved in seismic surveys, cable laying operations or other marine activity, suitable fishing vessels to act as Chase Boats for the purpose of intercepting any approaching vessels which could damage cables being towed or installed on the seabed.

Vessels mobilised as chase boats would have ARPA radar and an array of communications equipment as standard which allows the skipper to calculate the CPA of any approaching vessel with a view on identifying at an early stage the level of protection required and possible requirement for early interception.

They are mobilised with documented Operational and HSE plans

Operators of seismic vessels should recognise the disruption their operations create on local fishing effort. Consequently there are significant mutual benefits in using a local fishing vessel as a chase boat.

NFFO Services Ltd focuses as far as possible on recruiting Chase Boats that are endemic to the area of operation. Skippers of these vessels have high levels of local knowledge and expertise that NFFO Services Ltd believe is a crucial factor to a smooth running operation. Where that is not possible the selected chase boat will maintain strong communication links with fishing activity in the area.

For all offshore operations there is potential disruption for one or both parties. By engaging a suitable fishing vessel as a Chase boat, through the main Federation it is seen as a positive move by operators.

Such arrangements are viewed more favourably by most local skippers by the fact that;

  • The Client is helping to support their national representative body
  • Skippers generally co-operate more readily with one of their colleagues.
  • It provides an alternative means of income for a local vessel, easing the pressure on the skipper created by the potential disruption from the work, restricted quota allocations and ever tightening fishing restrictions.