Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (668)

Dara Calleary


668. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of applications made to the Marine Survey Office for the de-rating of engines in vessels; if a certain tolerance level has been introduced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30676/13]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I assume the Deputy is referring to applications made to the Marine Survey Office (MSO) in respect of fishing vessels.  In 2013 to date the MSO has received 2 applications in relation to proposals to technically modify existing propulsion engines.

The Sea-Fisheries (Community Control System) Regulations, as amended, implementing the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 404/2011 of 8 April 2011,  requires the holder of a fishing licence to inform the MSO before a new propulsion engine will be installed, or before an existing propulsion engine will be replaced or technically modified.  Whereas the Regulation defines the scope of what is considered to be covered by the term “technically modified”, it does not provide for a tolerance level to be established.

It should be noted that the term “de-rating” is not used in the Regulation and the term “technically modified” includes both increases and decreases to the power rating of a propulsion engine.