Marine Safety encompasses merchant ships, passenger vessels, fishing vessels and leisure craft sectors. The key objectives of Marine Safety 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 an appropriate 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.
Developments at international level influence the policy and regulatory framework for safety standards on seagoing vessels. Participation at EU and other international fora, dealing with maritime safety issues, in particular the International Maritime Organization (IMO), ensures that Irish interests are effectively represented. The Maritime Safety Directorate implements agreed revised safety standards through the ratification of international treaties and the introduction of regulations and legislation.
The Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) Act 2014
The Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) Act 2014 was enacted in December 2014. The Act updates ship registration legislation dating from 1955. The Act allows for the establishment and regulation of a modern ship registration system with a new, centralised, electronic and accessible national ship register, the Irish Register of Ships, at its core. With the exception of section 69, the Act has not yet been commenced.
Maritime Labour Convention
Irish Maritime Development Office (Careers at Sea)