Fishing Vessels over 24 metres
Fishing vessels over 24 metres are surveyed in accordance with the provisions of the International Maritime Organisation's Torremolinos Protocol, which was given effect in the EU by Council Directive 97/70 as amended. The provisions of the Directive lays down harmonised standards for seagoing fishing vessels of 24 metres in length and over insofar as the Annex to the Torremolinos Protocol applies. The following Regulations implement the Directive into Irish law;
Fishing Vessel Fees Regulations
SI 246 of 2008 - Fishing Vessel (fees) Regulations 2008
Safety of Fishing Vessels Regulations 2007
SI 563 of 2007 - Safety of Fishing Vessels Regulations
Fishing Vessels between 15 and 24 metres
The Minister for Transport introduced Regulations entitled Merchant Shipping (safety of Fishing Vessels) (15 - 24 Metres) Regulations 2007 (S.I. 640 of 2007). These Regulations enhance the Safety of fishing vessels and their crew in the 15 - 24 metre length category.
Fishing Vessels Less than 15 Metres in length overall
With regard to fishing vessels less than 15 metres in length the Department published a new Code of Practice for these vessels last year. This Code sets minimum standards of safety for the vessels to protect all persons on board. The Code is in accordance with best international practice and covers vessel design, construction, machinery, safety equipment and stability issues. Prior to the introduction of the Code the Department undertook an extensive consultation process with fishing industry representatives and BIM.