Dáil Éireann - Volume 653 - 08 May, 2008

Written Answers. - Marine Safety.

Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Transport her views on the views of the MCIB in relation to the need for the same colour coded buoyage system of navigation to be [1073] used in both jurisdictions on the island of Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17748/08]

Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Transport if the recommendations of the MCIB into the grounding and flooding of an Emerald Star cruiser on Lough Derg on 1 July 2006 have been acted on; if a marine notice has been issued; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17747/08]

  Deputy Noel Dempsey: I propose to take Questions Nos. 36 and 38 together.

My Department has recently received the report from the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) referred to by the Deputy. The Report relates to an incident on the Shannon system. Waterways Ireland has responsibility for navigable inland waterways North and South, including the Shannon.

The MCIB report makes a number of recommendations in relation to boat rental companies and inland waterways. These will be considered by my Department, in consultation as appropriate with Waterways Ireland, in the overall context of delivering maritime safety.