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Marine Casualty Reports from the MCIB
Rescuers arrive at the Loa Zour in stormy seas in June 2019
The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport reminds seafarers of the important of passage planning and regular weather forecast checks during voyages. It comes following the recommendations in the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) report into the rescue…
Public Consultation Launched For Review of How Marine Accidents Are Investigated in Ireland
The Department of Transport has launched a public consultation on matters relating to an independent review of the current organisational structures underpinning marine casualty investigation in Ireland. The move follows Transport Minister Eamon Ryan’s promise earlier this year to undertake…
Damage to the hull on the starboard side of the yacht Medi Mode
A collision involving a yacht and a tanker in August 2019 has prompted a reminder for boaters to brush up on the “rules of the road” for seafarers in the Department of Transport’s latest Marine Notice. The 38ft yacht Medi…
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan says he plans a review of how marine accidents are investigated which should take “several months”. Addressing an Oireachtas Transport and Networks Communications committee on Friday (Jan 29), Mr Ryan said that the the “fundamental…
File image of the FV Kayleigh in port before the incident in March 2020
The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport brings the attention of fishing boat owners, skippers and crew to the safety provisions of the Code of Practice for fishing vessels less than 15m length overall. It follows the publication…
MCIB ’Not Fit for Purpose’ Claims Report from Maritime Consultants
A new report submitted to the Oireachtas has slammed the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) as “not fit for purpose”, according to the Irish Examiner. Capt Neil Forde of maritime consultancy Marine Hazard Ltd claims that the MCIB has not…
The fishing vessel Dearbhla
A potentially serious incident involving a fishing vessel in Kerry’s Blasket Sound could have been avoided if there were adequate facilities in the wheelhouse to make hot drinks, a report has found.  Five crew onboard the 23m trawler Dearbhla had…
Drowning Incidents Prompt Marine Notice Highlighting Dangers of Boating Single-Handed & Without Lifejacket
The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport draws attention to the Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Recreational Craft, following two recent reports from the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB). In October, the MCIB’s report into…
The 5.9m (19 ft) glass-reinforced plastic craft used by the anglers
Lack of sufficient planning and lack of adequate emergency communication were factors in an incident where two of three men on a sea angling trip lost their lives off the Donegal coast over two years ago. “Restrictive” procedures with the…
The 5.7-metre open deck GRP vessel 'Tommy R'
An investigation into the death of the young west Cork fisherman Kodie Healy in Dunmanus Bay last year says he may have fallen overboard his boat. The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) report published today says Mr Healy had only…
Damage to the bow of ‘Medi Mode’ sustained in the collision
Two airline pilots on board a yacht which collided with a tanker off Greystones in the Irish Sea last year have disputed criticism of their experience in a report by the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB). The MCIB inquiry into…
Two Civil Servants Step Down from Marine Casualty Investigation Board
Two civil servants have stepped down from the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB), following a European Court of Justice ruling which found it lacked independence. As The Sunday Times reports today, Ireland is not appealing the recent EU court judgment,…
Portaferry and Newcastle RNLI crews from Portaferry and Newcastle work with Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 to rescue the crew of the grounded fishing boat at Ardglass last October
The latest Marine Notice from Department of Transport highlights the importance of planning seagoing voyages, especially those involved in fishing. It follows a recommendation from the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) this summer in its report on the sinking of a…
The lake boat involved in the incident.
An angler who drowned in Lough Mask in Co Mayo over a year ago was not wearing a lifejacket, the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) has found. A report by the MCIB published yesterday (Tues, September 1) has been unable…
Independence of Marine Casualty Investigation Board 'Not Guaranteed', European Court of Justice Rules
The European Court of Justice has ruled the State’s marine incident investigating body is not independent due to the presence of two civil servants on its board. In a judgment issued late last week, the European Court of Justice (ECJ)…
Portaferry and Newcastle RNLI working with Rescue 116 to rescue the crew of the grounded fishing boat in October 2019
The need for formal navigation planning has been highlighted in a Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) report on the sinking of a West Cork fishing vessel in Ardglass harbour, Co Down last year. The report on the sinking of the…

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