#safetyonthewater – The Irish Maritime Administration (IMA), the Government's new wing to deal with maritime affairs, is inviting submissions from all interested parties on the new Maritime Safety Strategy, Sea Change – Building a New Maritime Safety Culture, which is currently being developed.
The IMA says the new Maritime Safety Strategy will focus on building a culture of safety and will target the main causes of casualties in the maritime sector.
Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar will formally launch the consultation process this morning at the Coast Guard building at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport on Leeson Lane.
It will cover all types of craft being used for any purpose on Irish coastal or inland waters, including recreational craft, fishing vessels, passenger vessels and cargo vessels.
Significantly, it has a focus on recreational craft given the spike in call outs over the past few summers.
The public consultation document, which provides an outline of the key issues, is available on the Department’s website or by telephoning 01-6783454.
The IMA says that submissions received will not be responded to on an individual basis, but they will be taken into consideration by the IMA in the preparation of the new Maritime Safety Strategy. Copies of all submissions received will also be published in full on the Department’s website.
Written submissions should sent by email to [email protected] or by post to the address below by Friday 29th August 2014 at the latest to Maritime Safety Strategy Consultation, Maritime Services Division, Irish Maritime Administration (IMA), Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leeson Lane, Dublin 2