Dinny McGinley, Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has welcomed the introduction of two new vessels for the Bunbeg and Greencastle coastguard services. These vessels are being introduced as part of the RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) replacement programme by the Irish Coast Guard under the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. Old vessels will be either reconditioned and used as safety compliance patrol boats or will replace unserviceable training craft.
The new Delta RIBs, worth in the region of €150,000 each, are fitted with Automatic Identification System (AIS), radar, electronic chart plotters and self-righting systems. These new vessels will enhance the coastguard’s response capability as well as improve the safety of volunteer crews and the comfort of casualties.
Minister of State McGinley said, ‘Operating the coastguard service is a team of very competent and dedicated volunteers, who work extremely hard, often during harsh and dangerous weather conditions. The introduction of these vessels will undoubtedly enhance their safety and allow them to operate more effectively in saving endangered lives. It is essential for a service such as this to have a fleet of boats that are safe, efficient and of the highest standard.’