BIM urges owners and captains of vessels 15m and over to endorse Certificate of Competence
As the transition period to comply with manning security legislation comes to an end, Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, urges all masters of vessels 15 meters in length and more Second Hand Limited (SHL) certificate holders to ensure that their Certificate of Competence is approved for service as a special occasion.
Skippers and owners should check if they need a second crew member with a certificate of competency on board to comply with the regulations.
Information on certificates of competency and endorsements can be obtained from www.seafarers.ie. At least 12 months of sea service is required to obtain an endorsement for an SHL certificate.
Manning safety concerns the safe operation of fishing vessels and takes into account 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 meters in length and above to apply a Marine Survey Office (MSO) and Department of Transport Safety Crewing Document. Application forms are available from Gov.ie (MSO application forms – FV less than 500 GT)
BIM is an approved maritime training provider on behalf of the MSO. Its two National Fisheries Colleges of Ireland in Greencastle, Co Donegal and Castletownbere, Co Cork and its Mobile Coastal Training Units provide training to fishermen throughout Ireland, to support a safe and professional industry.
To request to endorse your certificate of competency, contact the Merchant Marine office at the address below or for more information, please contact one of the BIM colleges by email or telephone.
Merchant Marine Office (MMO)
Maritime Services Division, Irish Maritime Administration, Department of Transport, Leeson Lane, Dublin 2, D02TR60.
Tel: +353 (0) 1 6783480
E-mail: [email protected]