Marine Notice 46 2020 council directive

The Department of Transport has issued Marine Notice 46 of 2020 to all fishing vessel owners in relation to Council Directive (EU) 2017/159

The Department of Transport has issued Marine Notice 46 of 2020 to all fishing vessel owners, agents, skipper and fishers in relation to Council Directive (EU) 2017/159 implementing the Social Partners’ Agreement concerning the implementation of the Work in Fishing Convention 2007.

The Work in Fishing Convention, 2007(C188) was adopted at the 96th session of  the International Labour Conference in June 2007. The Convention seeks to ensure that fishermen have decent living and working conditions on board fishing vessels with regard to minimum requirements for work on board; conditions of service; accommodation and food; occupational safety and health protection, medical care and social security. In effect, the Convention aims to create a single, coherent instrument to complete the international standards for living and working conditions for the fishing sector.

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The European Union supports the Work in Fishing Convention and on 31 January 2017, Council Directive (EU) 2017/159 was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ NO, L25, 31.1.2017, p 12). This Directive contains a Social Partners’ Agreement, concluded on 21 May 2012, which aims to implement the Work in Fishing Convention.

Between 2019 and 2020, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport signed the following statutory instruments to provide for the full transposition of Council Directive (EU) 2017/159 

 1. S.I.  672/2019  European  Union  (International  Labour  Organisation  Work  in  Fishing Convention) (Working Hours) Regulations 2019

  1. S.I. 673/2019 Fishing Vessels (Certification of Deck Officers and Engineer Officers) (Amendment) Regulations 2019
  2. S.I.  179/2020  European  Union  (International  Labour  Organisation  Work  in  Fishing Convention) (Minimum Age) Regulations2020
  3. S.I.  259/2020  European  Union  (International  Labour  Organisation  Work  in  Fishing Convention)  (Health  Protection  and  Medical  Care  on  Board  Fishing  Vessels) Regulations 2020
  4. S.I.  266/2020  European  Union(International  Labour  Organisation  Work  in  Fishing Convention) (Medical Examination) Regulations 2020 
  5. S.I.  267/2020  European  Union  (International  Labour  Organisation  Work  in  Fishing Convention) (Food and Accommodation) Regulations 2020
  6. S.I.  332/2020  European  Union  (International  labour  Organisation  Work  in  Fishing Convention) (Fishing Vessel Owner Liability and Repatriation) Regulations 2020
  7. S.I.  333/2020  European  Union  (International  labour  Organisation  Work  in  Fishing Convention) (Crew List and Fisherman’s Work Agreement) Regulations 2020

In order to ensure compliance with these Regulations the Marine Survey Office (MSO) has been designated as the Competent Authority, with the surveyors from the MSO designated as authorised officers with the power to:

A .at all reasonable times board any fishing vessel while the vessel is in the State;

  1. search and  inspect  the  fishing  vessel  and  any  documents  or  records  found  on board;

C .require  any  person  on  board  the  fishing  vessel  to  give  him  or  her  such  assistance and information including any report, document or record needed by the authorised officer to carry out his or her functions under these Regulations;

  1. inspect,  examine  and take  copies,  or  extracts from,  or  take  away,  if  necessary, for the purposes of inspection or examination, any report, document or record that the authorised officer finds in the course of his or her inspection;

E .detain a fishing vessel in accordance with the Regulations;

F. issue a notice of direction.

Where a fishing vessel has been detained, the MSO,  in its role as competent authority, must serve a notice of detention on the master.  The notice  of  detention will amongst other things, state the reason whythe fishing vessel is being detained and specify the action to be taken before the notice will be withdrawn. When  a person on  whom  a  notice  of  detention  has  been  served complies  with  the requirements set out in the notice, they must inform the MSO in writing. Where appropriate, the MSO may withdraw the notice of detention.

Surveyors of the MSO also have the power to serve a direction on a master or owner which will  set  out  the  reasons  for  the  direction  and  specify  the  action  to  be  taken  in  order  to comply with it and the time period within which the action should be taken.Non-compliance with a direction from the MSO is an offence.Further details on the steps to be taken by the MSO when issuing a direction and steps to be  taken  by  a  person  in  order  to  confirm  compliance  with  a  direction  are  set  out  in  the relevant regulations. For example, were a direction to be issued by the MSO in relation to hours of work, the relevant steps to take are set out in Regulation 13 of SI 673/2019.

A person can take an appeal against a notice of detention or a direction.

The full Marine Notice can be read by clicking here.

Brian J McMullin Solicitors
MMG Welding Killybegs

Marine Notice 46 of 2020 issued in relation to Council Directive (EU) 2017/159

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