Tuesday, 13 October 2020
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Coast Guard Service
75. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the make and model of all seafaring vessels based at each Irish Coast Guard station in tabular form; the number of crew at each station that have completed the appropriate training relating to the seafaring vessels based at their station in tabular form; the number of crew at each station that have not received appropriate training in regard to the seafaring vessels based at their station in tabular form; and the number of crew based at each station in tabular form. [30253/20]
Irish Coast Guard units carry out Search, Cliff, Boat and Drone functions, dependent on their location and terrain. Of the 44 coastal units 21 currently have boat functions, along with other conformations of Search, Cliff and Drone capabilities.
Enrolled members of boat units are only considered boat crew when they have received the appropriate training in accordance with the IRCG Boat Operations Manual 2019 for their position on board.
Qualifications, training and exercises must be maintained by all IRCG boat crew in order for them to remain operational. The level of trained boat crew, at all levels, in each of the boat units, is kept under constant review to ensure the operational efficiency of the unit. There is currently no unit "off-the-board" for lack of training.
Please see below table A for the make and model of all seafaring vessels based at each Irish Coast Guard station and Table B for the number of Coast Guard members with Boat Training, the number of non boat crew members (which may include volunteers trained for other functions such as climbing, instructors, school visits and other officer positions, etc) and the overall number of members in a unit as requested.
|Station||Vessel make & model|
|Old Head Of Kinsale||D-Class|
|Costello Bay||Delta 7.5m|
|Costello Bay||D-Class (T5)|
|Achill Island||Delta 8.0m|
|Mulroy Bay||Delta 8.0m|
|IRCG BOAT UNITS||NUMBER OF MEMBERS WITH BOAT TRAINING||NON BOAT CREW||NUMBER OF TOTAL ACTIVE MEMBERS|
|Old Head of Kinsale/Seven Heads||12||12||24|
|Costelloe Bay/North Aran||18||0||18|