#FisheryDetention – The day after the Naval Service's newest OPV90 class L.E. Samuel Beckett arrived at Haulbowline, the navy's second oldest unit, the 2001 built L.É. Niamh detained a Spanish registered fishing vessel, writes Jehan Ashmore.
L.É. Niamh carried out the detention 100 nautical miles south of Union Hall, the detention was in regards of an alleged breach of fishing regulations. The OPV80 class sister, the leadship L.E. Roisin also detained a Spanish fishing vessel almost a fortnight ago.
The newbuilds likewise of their pair of OPV 80 predecessors, the leadship 'Roisin' class are based from this design and that by STX Canada. However, the north Devon shipyard that built the Roisin sisters were then completed by Appledore Shipbuilders and which would later go into administration and where Babcock Marine took over in 2003.
According to the Naval Service, today's detained fishing vessel was escorted by L.É Niamh to Castletownbere, Co Cork and handed over to An Gardaí Síochána.
In total this year there were 169 vessels boarded by the Naval Service, 17 warnings issued and this latest detention is the fourth fishing vessel detained so far this year.