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DRILL AND MUSTER REQUIREMENTS, LATEST MARINE NOTICE

DRILL AND MUSTER REQUIREMENTS

Drill and muster requirements are laid out for the fishing industry in the latest Marine Notice from the Irish Government. The Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport advises everyone concerned in the fishing industry of the existing requirements for drills and musters for man overboard recovery systems on all fishing vessels.

These legal requirements are set out under the Merchant Shipping (Musters) (Fishing Vessels) Regulations 1993 SI No. 48 of 1993 and Merchant Shipping (Safety of fishing Vessels) (15-24 metres) Regulations 2007 SI No 640 of 2007.

Skippers of fishing vessels are required to draw up muster lists for their vessels and exercise the crews of their vessels in the use of lifesaving appliances and firefighting appliances carried on their vessels, under the requirements.

The notice comes after a report published earlier this year by the Marine Casualty Investigation Board into a fatal incident involving the FV Kerri Heather in Arklow in November 2016.

Every fishing vessel skipper has an overall responsibility for ensuring their crew are aware of the location of the lifesaving and firefighting equipment on the vessel and are instructed, trained and drilled in the use of such equipment.

Existing drill and muster requirements for vessels under 15m are included in Chapter 8.9 of the Code of Practice for the Design, Construction, Equipment and Operation of Small Fishing Vessels of less than 15m.

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