There must be a lot more behind that story. That’s a massive fine which would bankrupt most diving businesse.I was on a boat last week, following the skipper’s £290k fine in Scotland. We were not allowed to put fins on until at the exit point, and the moment we were back on board fins had to come off. The owner had not come up with a deck design solution to prevent falling. Even though the Court accepted the skipper wasn’t responsible for the diving.
It is a right sod to move to and from the bench to the jumping point on a pitching boat, especially when wearing 100kg/220pounds of dive kit. Bigger boats based upon fishing trawlers have quite open decks but not enough room to fit a ballerina bar or suchlike.