In the context of vessels dedicated to the transport of livestock from Ireland, there are currently three such vessels licensed by my Department. The capacity of these vessels depends on the particulars of the consignments being shipped.
My Department has not been made aware of any capacity concerns by exporters.
In relation to the licensing of new ships, any applications for approval are assessed in the normal manner by contacting the Department to arrange inspection of the proposed vessel. My Department will continue to facilitate ship operators and exporters regarding inspections of any new vessels as needed.
Ireland sets a high standard relating to the approval of ships for livestock transport. This approach contributes to maintaining Ireland’s reputation as an exporter of livestock of the highest health status.
The Deputy can be assured that my Department will continue to promote and maintain an environment in which live exports can continue in both an economic and sustainable manner, with strong emphasis on the welfare of all animals being exported.