Maritime Safety Policy

Marine Safety requirements extend to merchant ships, passenger vessels, fishing vessels and leisure craft sectors. The key objectives are:

• To put in place appropriate organisation structures and arrangements to deliver co-ordinated and cost effective maritime safety
• To continuously improve marine safety culture awareness and training
• To develop and implement international and domestic safety standards for vessels.

This is achieved through a combination of regulation, enforcement and safety awareness campaigns with particular focus on the promotion of fishing vessel safety; the enhancement of the passenger vessel safety regime; the encouragement of best practice in the recreational/leisure sector, to include compliance with the statutory provisions, and the introduction of measures to further strengthen marine safety.