I propose to take Questions Nos. 1486 to 1489, inclusive, together.
In relation to vessels dedicated to the transport of livestock from Ireland, there are currently four vessels licensed by my Department. The capacity of these vessels depends on the particulars of the consignments being shipped in terms of the size of the animal being transported. To approximate, the smallest of these vessels has a pen capacity of 2760m2 and can carry up to 2,100 animals weighing 400kg each per shipment. While the largest of these vessels has the capacity to carry up to 2,900 such animals with a pen capacity of 3,910m2.
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.