Posted: July 14, 2016
Acting Chairman (Deputy Maria Bailey):
Deputies Martin Kenny, Martin Ferris, Micheál Martin (Leader of Opposition) and Thomas Pringle have three minutes each.
Deputy Martin Kenny:
“More than 400 people who have been trained by the National Maritime College of Ireland over the past year or so now find that they are not being certified. If this situation is not resolved, all of these people will be out of work from 1 January 2017. They will be unable to take up positions in Ireland or anywhere else in the world. It is intolerable that these people cannot be employed on any vessel anywhere until they get this certification in place. There seems to be some kind of stand-off between the Marine Survey Office, which is part of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, and the National Maritime College of Ireland. We need to get this resolved as quickly as possible. Many of these people cannot go anywhere else in the world to get these courses. They took these courses in good faith and expected that everything would be all right. It is intolerable that they have been left out in the cold in this manner. I implore the Minister to sort out this problem as a matter of urgency. It needs to be done immediately in order that people can be reassured. No one is aware of any reason this situation has not been resolved up to now”
Deputy Martin Ferris :
“Up to 400 seafarers and 20 lecturers are poised to lose their jobs on 1 January 2017. Their jobs will be at risk unless we resolve a dispute between the National Maritime College of Ireland and the Marine Survey Office. In February 2015, the National Maritime College of Ireland made a submission to the Marine Survey Office seeking approval of a refresher course, but it has not yet received such approval. Following the Marine Survey Office’s failure to respond, the National Maritime College of Ireland approached the UK Marine and Coastguard Agency through a dedicated maritime offshore joint venture training company. The UK agency is highly regarded globally and has approved courses undertaken in a number of EU member states, including France, Spain, the Netherlands and Croatia. Every member state recognises the appropriate certificates issued by other member states. The seafaring upgrade that was carried out by the UK Marine and Coastguard Agency in conjunction with the National Maritime College of Ireland relates to on-board safety and basic seafaring safety skills. The Minister can resolve the stand-off that has developed as a consequence of all this. He needs to convince the Marine Survey Office of the legitimacy of the refresher courses that were provided by the UK Marine and Coastguard Agency. The agency, which is recognised globally, came here to provide these courses, and 400 seafarers took part in them.
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Posted: July 12, 2016
Flagship Management are currently seeking applications for the following two roles;
NEW JOB – Power Control Engineer
NEW JOB – Senior Power Control Engineer
Please click the above links for further information or visit www.flagshipmgt.com
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Posted: July 4, 2016
GAC Training and Service Solutions (GTSS) is delighted to have won the Excellence in the Provision of Professional Services to the Marine Industry award at the Marine Industry Awards 2016. Nineteen trophies were presented to the winners throughout the evening.
Liam Lacey, Director, Irish Maritime Development Office and Michael Creed, T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine presented the Excellence in the Provision of Professional Services to the Marine Industry award to Jim O’Byrne, General Manager of GAC Training and Service Solutions.
This year’s ceremony was held on June 30th, in association with SeaFest, at the Radisson Blu Galway Hotel. The evening was an enormous success, celebrating the growth and development of the industry in Ireland while recognising the key functions within the industry that promote growth and sustainability.
Pictured above are; Jim O’Byrne, General Manager, Joy Gillen, Marketing Executive, and Conor Mowlds, Managing Director of GTSS at the NMCI.
To read more about all the award winner visit http://www.marineawards.ie/shortlist.php
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Posted: June 8, 2016
Applications are invited for the position of Harbour Master
Dublin Port Company is a self-financing, private limited company, wholly owned by the State and reporting to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. It is the largest port on the island of Ireland and, in 2015, had a record cargo throughput of 32.8m gross tonnes. In addition, Dublin Port is a major passenger hub with two million passengers passing through each year on both ferries and cruise ships. By international standards, Dublin is a very busy port with over 15,000 ship movements annually.
Dublin Port Company has responsibility for a harbour area extending over Dublin Bay and additional responsibility for a still wider pilotage district including Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
The Company provides port infrastructure operated by private sector companies operating in competitive markets. The Port has a ten kilometre entrance channel, more than seven kilometers of berths (quay walls and jetties), a fleet of port craft (including pilot boats and tugs), eight ramps for Ro-Ro operations and a land area of 260 hectares.
The Port is situated at the heart of Dublin Bay and is immediately adjacent to protected environmental sites of national and international importance. It is also bounded by residential and commercial areas.
The Company’s business is growing rapidly and the Port is being developed on the basis of the Masterplan 2012 to 2040. The first major Masterplan project, the Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR) Project, is currently being constructed. As part of this project, the Port’s ruling depth will be increased to -10.0m CD and more than three kilometres of berths will be constructed or reconstructed to provide capacity for longer and deeper ships.
The position of Harbour Master is key in the safe and efficient management of the Port. The Harbour Master is a member of the Executive Management Team, reporting to the Chief Executive. The Harbour Master’s primary operational responsibilities are to ensure the Port’s marine activities operate safely and efficiently.
The Harbour Master has direct managerial responsibility for operations in a number of key areas including pilotage, towage, berth allocation and VTS. Given the location of Dublin Port, the Harbour Master also has a wider responsibility for leisure and other craft in Dublin Bay and in the River Liffey.
The role requires an in-depth understanding of ship operations in all modes including Ro-Ro passenger and freight ferries; container ships; bulk carriers of all types; oil tankers; and cruise ships.
The Harbour Master is responsible for all aspects of the operations of the Port’s Harbour Function including the management of a skilled staff of 60 and the management of a large financial budget.
To qualify for consideration, candidates must have a valid STCW II/2 Certificate of Competency as Master, (unlimited) valid for service in the Irish Mercantile Marine. Candidates should have at least three years seagoing experience as Master or Chief Officer of a merchant vessel and/or three years experience as a Harbour Master, Deputy Harbour Master or Assistant Harbour Master in a comparable port.
The successful candidate will have to demonstrate the required high level of expertise in the operational dimensions of the role; the ability to motivate and manage a skilled workforce operating around the clock on every day in the year; financial and commercial acumen in respect of both the Company’s business and that of our customers; the ability to develop and maintain relationships with a wide range of stakeholders both nationally and internationally and the ability to communicate clearly and authoritatively both verbally and in writing.
To apply please send full personal, career and current remuneration details to:
Mr. Pat Ward
Head of Corporate Services,
Dublin Port Company,
Closing date 8th July 2016
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