I understand that the question relates to regulations governing the safe operation of Irish registered merchant vessels and fishing vessels. In relation to merchant vessels my aim is to ensure that the appropriate regulatory framework is in place to ensure that all Irish registered vessels operating to and from Ireland are constructed, maintained and operated to the highest international safety standards which emanate from the safety conventions of the International Maritime Organisation and from initiatives at European Union level. To that end, a continuing programme of work is under way in my Department to update our maritime law and ensure that all EU directives and all relevant IMO safety conventions, including amendments to SOLAS, Safety of Life at Sea, and STCW, Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping, are fully implemented.
Radio regulations governing all sizes of fishing vessels were introduced in 1998. Legislation providing for a harmonised safety regime for fishing vessels of 24 metres and over in length was also introduced in 1998 and required all such fishing vessels built since the mid-1980s to comply with the requirements of the Torremolinos international convention for the safety of fishing vessels.