Ireland: Minister launches new mobile safety training unit –

Ireland: Minister launches new mobile safety training unit Published:  08 February, 2006

IRISH fishermen work in an industry where the risk of an accident is two and a half times higher than the average of all EU industry sectors, visitors to the Irish Sea Fisheries Board, BIM’s, new mobile Coastal Training Unit (CTU) were told yesterday as Marine Minister, Pat the Cope Gallagher, Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources launched a new mobile training classroom for Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM). BIM’s new CTU is part of an ongoing initiative to deliver mandatory safety training to more than 4,000 Irish fishing vessel crewmembers and aquaculture personnel around the country. The launch highlights BIM’s 2006 roll-out of safety training countrywide, which aims to reduce the number of accidents and loss of life at sea by training fishermen in survival techniques, first aid, fire prevention, vessel safety and occupational health and safety, amongst a raft of safety training initiatives. Speaking at the launch on Dun Laoghaire Pier, Minister Gallagher said: “The launch of BIM’s new Coastal Training Unit is an important step forward in the ongoing implementation of Ireland’s safety training programme for the fishing and aquaculture sectors. In 2002 my Department made it a mandatory requirement for all fishermen to undergo Basic Safety Training and to date, over 1,500 people have completed it.”Costing more than €300K, the BIM CTU houses a state-of-the-art IT infrastructure featuring multi-media and satellite broadband communications technology supporting multiple computer terminals, radio and safety demonstration equipment which includes a stability training model and a separate fire demonstration trailer. The Unit is self-contained -having its own generator – and is designed to host videoconferences, which will facilitate contact with training facilities in other countries and widen the range of BIM’s training courses.BIM’s Basic Safety Training is a three-day course and can be completed on a modular basis in the Coastal Training Unit and at BIM training colleges in Greencastle, Co. Donegal and Castletownbere, Co Cork, where skippers, mates, engineers and aquaculture personnel are also trained. The new Coastal Training Unit is set to visit counties Mayo, Galway, Donegal and Kerry in the near future. BIM is the Irish State agency with responsibility for developing the Irish Sea Fishing and Aquaculture industries. BIM was established under the Sea Fisheries Act 1952. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish European Fish Trader, Fishing Monthly, Fish Farming Today, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.