New autopilot for Alice Louise
Jeremy Hosking, owner and skipper of the Newlyn based fishing
vessel Alice Louise, has recently been awarded an Objective
One fisheries grant of over £800 to install an autopilot
system. Installation of an autopilot system will not only
improve the safety and working conditions for the skipper
aboard his vessel, it will also reduce the amount of fuel
used and the total pollution emissions.
As a single handed fisherman having an autopilot system will
greatly increase safety at sea as Mr Hosking will not have
to constantly monitor the steering of the vessel. Steering
by hand requires constant attention to the wheel and due to
the manual nature of the task a great deal of physical exertion
is required. This is especially so in poor weather conditions
when constant correction of course is necessary. An autopilot
system ensures the vessel stays on course to the required
destination. This means the vessel travels the shortest distance
and results in reduced fuel consumption and consequently reduced
Nicky Harrison Objective One Fisheries Project Officer commented:
"This is a great project that will not only improve
safety at sea for this single-handed fisherman, it will also
benefit our environment."
Jeremy Hosking, owner and skipper of the Alice Louise, added
"Any help to improve sea going safety when you operate
a fishing vessel alone is much appreciated. A big thank you
to South West Pesca and the Objective One scheme."
For further information please contact Clare Leverton of
the Objective One Fisheries Programme on 01872 270333 or email
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in fisheries through the Financial
Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG) Fund.
In consultation with Cornwall Sea Fisheries Committee, crew
and skippers of fishing vessels, it has been estimated that
an autopilot system can reduce fuel consumption by 7%.
Mr Hosking is available for comment on 07970 595 236.
Cornwall's Objective One Fisheries programme will provide
over £10 million from April 2001 to December 2006 to
the fishing industry in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
The funds are a mixture of EU and national funds, through
the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance fund (FIFG)
and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
The projects are approved by the Marine Fisheries Agency
in partnership with an Objective One Fisheries Priority Management
Group, made up of local fishing sector representatives. South
West Pesca Ltd helps applicants to develop projects by providing
guidance and help on completing application forms and submitting
Up to 40% (35% EU and 5% National) grants are available for
the private sector projects and 75% grants for the public
sector projects. So far 273 projects have been approved with
£7,646,626.80 of funds committed to these projects.
Examples of projects funded by the Objective One Programme:
Adoption of sustainable fishing methods, maximising fish
quality on board fishing vessels, and improvements to
crew comfort and working conditions, and improvements
||Improvement of fishing ports
||Processing and marketing of fishery and aquaculture
||Projects by members of the trade of collective benefit
to the fishing industry
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Objective One Partnership Office
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