Russian Trawler arrested in 1963

The following link shows an insight into the world of 1963 when a Russian Trawler was arrested by an Irish Naval Vessel for fishing inside the 3 mile limit. The Vessel the MFV ‘Paltus’ was arrested and brought into Waterford with Herring on board. What is fascinating is the reference to Iceland claiming a... Read More

Prison and fines of $17million for the Master and Deck officers of the MFV Thunder

On Monday (12th of October 2015) the Skipper and two Deck Officers were sentenced in relation to a range of offences that they were convicted of as the crew of the MFV Thunder. Those charges included Pollution, reckless driving, forgery and negligence. They were handed down 32 month prison sentences each and substantial fines.... Read More

Harbour Dues – a tax without merit

As every Fisherman knows under Fishery Harbour Centres (Rates & Charges) 2003 and 2012 there is a mandatory charge in relation to waste and water every time the vessel enters the Harbour. This of course is not much of a choice as these are the designated Fishery Landing ports. There is no choice. I... Read More

UK leads the way on discard problem

On the 30th November last, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) in the United Kingdom announced that they were satisfied that they could virtually eliminate all discards based on trials which commenced at the start of 2011. The trials have expanded over those last two years increasing the number of participating fishermen as well as... Read More

Inspection Reports and Detentions

It is a very nice ending to watch an inspection end with the comfort and knowledge that the matter is going no further. However, during the course of an inspection something goes wrong and you find yourself being cautioned by a member of the naval services or indeed the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority, it... Read More

An End to Discards?

After a landmark meeting in Brussels today 20th March 2012, France and Spain dropped their plans to object to the call to end the process of discarding catches which were not wanted or which were already in excess of a quota being retained on board. It has been estimated that as much as two... Read More

Skipper Prosecuted over Alcohol Levels after accident

Yesterday, the 12th of March, it was confirmed that a Polish National, is being prosecuted for being Drunk in Charge of a vessel after a collision between a Cargo Vessel and a Ferry. The Skipper faces Crown Prosecution over an incident that happened at 7.45 p.m. on the 7th March 2012 when Mr. Pozniak... Read More

£1,600 for failing to keep a proper lookout

A Scottish fishing vessel ran aground south-west of the Orkney Islands, resulted in a crew member being handed down the fine. The fishing vessel ‘Reliant’ was steaming on March 17th heading for port when the skipper decided to have one last haul. In the early hours of the day, the skipper decided he would... Read More

New Alcohol limits at Sea

Under the Maritime Safety Act of 2005, part 3 of that Act introduced a code of practice for the safe operation of vessels. Under the Act, sections 28, 29, and 30 introduced controls in relation to the operation of vessels while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, drunkenness of passengers and crew members... Read More

Somali Pirates Highjacks on the Decrease

In a report released by the International Maritime Bureau, who have been closely watching the situation off the coast of Somalia, report that the number of highjacks by Somali pirates have fallen from 49 in 2010 to 28. However, this is not in any way to suggest that the activity of the pirates has... Read More