I propose, with the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, to take Questions Nos. 13 and 14 together.
Council Directive (79/116/EEC) adopted by the Council on 21 December 1978 lays down certain minimum requirements for certain tankers entering or leaving Community ports, or traversing territorial waters adjacent to ports of entry or departure. The directive covers oil, gas and chemical tankers of 1,600 gross registered tons and over and under its provisions member states are required to make arrangements to ensure that tankers notify certain information to competent national authorities in advance of entering a Community part. Such information includes, inter alia, nature and quantity of cargo, the name, call-sign and nationality of the vessel, and so on. Tankers traversing territorial waters adjacent to a port of entry or departure are required, inter alia, to establish radio communication with coastal radio stations, to make use of radar and of pilots.
The directive also requires tankers to complete a tanker checklist for the pilot and competent national authority if so requested and imposes an obligation on member states to inform one another of risks. The directive arises from a series of recent initiatives by the Community in the marine environment sphere.
In practice, many of the requirements of the directive are already complied with by vessels entering or leaving Irish ports. Such measures as may be necessary to meet the requirements of the directive will be taken in good time to meet the required implementation date of 1 January 1980.