BIM urges owners and skippers of 15m vessels and above to endorse Certificate of Competency as transitional period ends

BIM urges owners and skippers of 15m vessels and above to endorse Certificate of Competency as transitional period ends

BIM urges owners and skippers of 15m vessels and above to endorse Certificate of Competency as transitional period for compliance with new Safe Manning Legislation ends   

As the transitional period for compliance with Safe Manning legislation ends, Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency is urging all skippers of vessels of 15 metres in length and above that hold a Second Hand Limited (SHL) certificate, to ensure their Certificate of Competency is endorsed for service as Second Hand Special.

Skippers and owners should check whether they need a second crewmember with a Certificate of Competency to be on board to comply with the regulations. 

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Information on certificates of competency and endorsements may be obtained at www.seafarers.ie.  At least 12 months of sea service is required to obtain an endorsement to a SHL certificate.

Safe manning relates to the safe operation of fishing vessels and takes account of the safe navigation of the vessel, operations, machinery, and maintenance. On December 19, 2019 it became a legal requirement for all fishing vessels of 15 metres in length and above,  to apply a safe manning document from the Marine Survey Office (MSO) and Department of Transport. Application forms are available from Gov.ie (MSO Application forms- FV Less than 500gt)

BIM is an approved provider of maritime training on behalf of the MSO. Its two National Fisheries Colleges of Ireland in Greencastle, Co Donegal and in Castletownbere, Co Cork and its mobile Coastal Training Units deliver training to fishers throughout Ireland, to support a safe and professional industry. 

To apply to endorse your certificate of competency contact the Mercantile Marine Office at the address below or to find out more information, please contact either of the BIM colleges by email or phone.

Mercantile Marine Office (MMO)

Maritime Services Division, Irish Maritime Administration, Department of Transport, Leeson Lane, Dublin 2, D02TR60.

Tel: +353 (0) 1 6783480

Email:  Admin@seafarers.ie

BIM National Fisheries College of Ireland, Greencastle, Co Donegal 

T: + 353 74 938 1068 E: maria.mccarron@bim.ie 

BIM National Fisheries College of Ireland, Castletownbere, Co Cork 

T: + 353 27 7 1220 E: della.osullivan@bim.ie 

Source: Press Release

Brian J McMullin Solicitors
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