A new seafarers website has been launched by the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport at  www.seafarers.ie

This website is a national and international resource for information relating to seafarers which includes those involved in commercial shipping, the fishing industry and the recreational craft sector. It provides full details of the career structures available and how to obtain the necessary qualifications for work in the sector, as well as for recreational craft users.

The website contains application forms and also provides for the verification of qualifications. The website lists details of the approved training course providers in Ireland and students are advised to check this list, before undertaking courses in Ireland, to ensure that the course is approved by the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport.

The website forms part of a wider updating of seafarer education and training in Ireland and it is supported by a new Seafarers Information System, which provides for the registration of all seafarers and for life-long training and career development. The Department would encourage seafarers who already hold Certificates of Competency or Radio certificates issued in Ireland to register now on the information system.