When you are on board a fishing vessel day after day, it is easy to neglect or forget to check whether all safety equipment is in tip-top condition.
Repairs or minor conversions can also have been made to your vessel that may have changed its stability.
Therefore masters of fishing vessels that are surveyed at five-year intervals must fill in a so-called self-monitoring form, inter alia to state whether the vessel has been converted.
This must be done once a year. In this manner, you are sure that you remember to check the vessel, the on-board equipment and any conversions that have been made to the vessel.