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Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Coast Guard Service

Cathal Crowe (Clare, Fianna Fail)
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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]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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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.

Table A

Station Vessel make & model
Greenore Humber 5.8m
Drogheda D-Class
Howth Delta 6.8m
Greystones D-Class
Crosshaven Delta 7.9m
Old Head Of Kinsale D-Class
Toehead Delta 7.0m
Toehead D-Class
Schull Ribcraft 6.5m
Goleen D-Class
Castletownbere D-Class
Dingle Delta 7.5m
Kilkee Delta 7.9m
Kilkee D-Class
Doolin Delta 9.0m
Doolin D-Class
Costello Bay Delta 7.5m
Costello Bay D-Class (T5)
Westport Delta 7.9m
Westport D-Class
Achill Island Delta 8.0m
Achill Island D-Class
Killala Delta 8.0m
Killala D-Class
Killybegs Delta 8.0m
Bunbeg Delta 9.0m
Mulroy Bay Delta 8.0m
Mulroy Bay D-Class
Greencastle Delta 9.0m
Greencastle D-Class

Table B

IRCG BOAT UNITS NUMBER OF MEMBERS WITH BOAT TRAINING NON BOAT CREW NUMBER OF TOTAL ACTIVE MEMBERS
Drogheda 22 0 22
Greenore 13 8 21
Greystones/Wicklow 25 4 29
Howth 26 1 27
Dunmore East 11 3 14
Crosshaven 21 1 22
Goleen 16 3 19
Schull 17 2 19
Old Head of Kinsale/Seven Heads 12 12 24
Toe Head/Glandore 30 0 30
Castletownbere 15 1 16
Dingle 24 4 28
Killaloe 16 0 16
Achill 17 4 21
Costelloe Bay/North Aran 18 0 18
Doolin/South Aran 28 0 28
Kilkee 11 0 11
Westport 19 7 26
Bunbeg/Tory Island 27 4 31
Greencastle 27 1 28
Killala 12 0 12
Killybegs 17 6 23
Mulroy Bay 24 0 24
TOTALS 448 61 509

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