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Coast Guard May Have To Purchase New Fleet Of Vehicles

The Coast Guard may have to purchase a new fleet of vehicles because of problems which have been detected with a number already bought at a cost of nearly one-and-a-half million Euros. The issue appears related particularly to volunteer units needing to carry heavy equipment, such as for use in cliffside situations.

“This was raised with management but, as with several other issues which volunteers bring up, they are not dealt with when they should be,” the MARINE TIMES was told by an OIC at one unit.

Full story in the September edition of the MARINE TIMES.

MOWI Will Double Employment – If It Gets Licences

MOWI will double its employment in Ireland, if it gets more licences. This has proved difficult because of Government regulations.

The Norwegian seafood company has had sales of €15m. through its Irish operation according to MOWI Chief Executive, Ivan Vindhelm, in a statement to market analysts about its last quarter. The Irish operation produced 4,000 tonnes, an all-time high according to the CEO.

“The Summer of Inflatables” – Water Safety Ireland Chief Says They Would Welcome A Ban On Them

It has been called “the summer of inflatables” by rescue service personnel – the number of emergency calls to adults and children using what have been described as “killer” or “dangerous toy boats.”

The Chief Executive of Water Safety Ireland, the statutory national water safety organisation has told the MARINE TIMES he would welcome them being banned from beaches around the country.

This can be done, CEO of Water Safety Ireland John Leech said, by local authorities and politicians who are members of them using bye-laws to control local beaches.

A number of local authorities are understood to be considering such a ban.

Mr. Leech said there is a lack of understanding by the users of these inflatables about the difference between offshore and onshore breezes which is crucial to safety.

John Leech said that this year, because most Irish people were not holidaying abroad where they may have used these inflatables, this lack of understanding that conditions on Irish beaches would be different to those abroad, where breezes would blow back onto beaches whereas in Ireland they blew out to sea, was crucial to safety.

He said there were warnings on inflatable water toys when they were manufactured in European countries, but not when they came into Ireland from other countries, such as China. Mr. Leech draws a distinction between “inflatable toys” and stand-up Paddle Boards which have become popular, are rigid when inflated and recognised under the Recreational Craft Directive.

“We have to accept these are not toys. If they are used safely and correctly and if people recognise what the wind direction is doing there should not be an issue with them as long as people wear buoyancy aids and carry some means of communication so that if they do get into difficulty they can call for help,” the CEO said.

Read more about this in John Leech’s monthly column in our September issue in shops now.