General Information

The goal of the Marine Environment section is to preserve and protect the quality of the marine environment through prevention of marine pollution from vessels.

This is done by adopting, implementing and updating primary and secondary legislation in accordance with accepted international standards to secure a clean marine environment, and by promoting awareness of the marine environment.

General information

The Attachments for the underlined documents are available at the bottom of this page

International maritime security measures for ships and port facilities were adopted in December 2002, ie Amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea 1974 (SOLAS Convention), and the International Ship & Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code).

Aids to Navigation

The main areas dealt with by this section include:

  • The Commissioners of Irish Lights.
  • Irelands Radio Navigation Policy
  • Merchant Shipping (Salvage and Wreck) Act 1993.
  • National Data Buoy Network.

The Commissioners of Irish Lights

Mercantile Marine Office (MMO)

The Mercantile Marine Office (MMO) is part of the Irish Maritime Administration (IMA) of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

Contact Details:

Address:    The Mercantile Marine Office Department of  Transport, Tourism and Sport Leeson Lane, Dublin 2.

Telephone No: + 353 (0)1-6783480 (Public Office)

Fax Number:   + 353 (0)1-6783489




Marine Leisure

The role of the Marine Leisure Safety Section is to develop appropriate frameworks for implementing safety standards across the marine leisure sector

Sectoral Plan for Accessible Transport under the Disability Act 2005


A new comprehensive security regime for international shipping entered into force on 1 July 2004 following the adoption at a Diplomatic Conference of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) of a series of measures to strengthen maritime security and prevent and suppress acts of terrorism against shipping.

The new security regime applies to passenger ships and cargo ships of 500 gross tonnage and upwards, including high-speed craft, mobile off-shore units and port facilities serving such ships engaged on international voyages.


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