CORK South West Senator Denis O’Donovan is urging fishermen to ensure their vessels are fully compliant with safety standards. The call comes in the wake of figures from the Health and Safety Authority, which reveal that during inspections carried out last November, only one in five boats had completed a risk assessment. The HSA has launched a new public awareness campaign in a bid to improve safety standards in the
by Louise Roseingrave WINCHING, night navigation and pyrotechnics formed part of intensive training completed last weekend by the new Union Hall RNLI crew. The crew of 12 completed two weeks of training at the RNLI’s purpose built college in Poole on England’s south coast.
A NATIONAL Coastal Clean-Up Day is being proposed to take place in April where people across West Cork can volunteer to clean up the beaches and coastline severely affected by the recent storms.
MORE than €2.5 million has been allocated to harbour projects and coastal development programmes in West Cork. The funding is part of a €23m package for the repair of public piers, harbours and slipways damaged during the winter storms and for the ongoing development of Ireland’s public harbour network.
LOCAL fisherman have raised concerns following the news that the world’s second largest fishing factory ship, the FV Margiris has been spotted in Irish waters off the West Cork coast. The Dutch-owned trawler which is registered in Lithuania is understood to be in the area for the start of the blue whiting season.
LOCAL Labour T.D Michael McCarthy has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to provide a compensation scheme for fishermen who have suffered significant losses as a result of the recent severe weather. “Fishermen around the coast of Ireland and in particular on the South west Coast are facing a desperate situation as recent storms and high seas grounded boats for almost two months. Many have
THE Irish Maritime Administration has issued a revised Code of Practice for the Design, Construction, Equipment and Operation of Small Fishing Vessels (less than 15 metres length). The Code, which was last revised in 2005, has been updated to ensure that the experiences gained from its implementation as well as relevant recommendations by the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) have been incorporated. The revised Code will come into operation
An Oireachtas sub-Committee has called for government policy to focus on the survival of rural coastal and island communities by promoting a diverse range of activities. The sub-Committee on Fisheries has outlined how aquaculture, inshore fishing, sea angling, marine tourism and seaweed activities can contribute to vibrant coastal and island areas.
WHILE most of the country was taking refuge from storm force winds today the volunteer lifeboat crew from Baltimore RNLI was called upon to assist in a medical evacuation from Sherkin Island. The call for assistance came at 12.23pm today (Monday 6 January) when an elderly man suffered a badly broken leg.
A STRANDED bulk cargo vessel was successfully towed to port after losing power in heavy seas off the West Cork coast. The Abuk Lion was en-route from Shannon to St Petersburg in Russia with a cargo of 7,500 tonnes of bauxite on board when she lost power off the West Cork coast some 35 nautical miles off Clonakilty.