The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) has awarded the contract to install monitoring systems on Irish fishing vessels to french company CLS.

CLS is a subsidiary of the French Space Agency and has 30 years of satellite data collection experience. Barry Electronics Ltd of Killybegs will partner CLS and the SFPA in the installation of the Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) on the Irish commercial fleet.

The contract was awarded to CLS through an open tender process issued by the SFPA, which saw the French company being the successful candidate.

CLS will support the SFPA and partner agencies to manage the activities for all commercial fishing vessels over 12 m under an Irish flag, to ensure continuous compliance with fisheries management regulations. 

As Ireland’s EEZ is under the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), it is compulsory for all EU vessels non-EU vessels over 12m to be fitted with a VMS whenever they are operating in EU waters.

The SFPA’s  mandate covers all fishing vessels operating within Ireland’s 200-mile limit, which can be over 2,000 Irish registered fishing vessels.

Ireland contains some of the most productive fishing grounds in the EU and will be heavily fished after the Brexit transition period expires on the 31 December 2020.

Michel Dejean, Director of CLS Fisheries said about winning the contract “We are thrilled to be working with Ireland, SFPA, and Barry Electronics on this project. For the past 30 years, CLS Fisheries has pioneered VMS technology around the world, working with governments in over 90 countries, and now, for the first time, Ireland. The installation and activation of our Triton VMS has now been completed in over 30 ports, and we’re looking forward to supporting SFPA in its work protecting and monitoring Irish seas.” 

Barry Electronics

Barry Electronics Ltd installed the Triton VMS on Irish fishing vessels

CLS delivered the TRITON in record time and then ensured the installation all around the island with its local Partner, Barry Electronics LTD. Barry Electronics is Ireland’s largest Marine Electronics company. CLS experts trained the technical staff at Barry and certified the company as a CLS Service Point, which is the highest level of expertise on its VMS product. 

All the devices were installed between June and November 2019 at multiple fishing ports by trained and audited specialists. CLS’ TRITON transmitter will provide SFPA with enhanced monitoring and alerts for all the commercial vessels required to carry a VMS unit. It will enable SFPA and its partner agencies to monitor vessel movements and use position, speed, and heading data to analyze vessel behavior for enforcement and resource management. 

CLS’ TRITON transmitter will provide SFPA with enhanced monitoring and alerts for all the commercial vessels required to carry a VMS unit. It will enable SFPA and its partner agencies to monitor vessel movements and use position, speed, and heading data to analyze vessel behavior for enforcement and resource management. 

French built Vessel Monitoring System installed on Irish fishing vessels

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