Issue Date: 27 January 2012
The Commissioners of Irish Lights request Mariners navigating around the coast of Ireland to exercise the greatest care to avoid damage to floating Aids to Navigation.
Mariners should give all Navigational Buoys a wide berth, always having regard for the strength of the wind and tide, and are requested to report immediately any defect in any Aid to Navigation either to the 24-Hour Monitoring Centre, telephone number +353-1-2801996, or to the nearest Coast Radio Station.
The Merchant Shipping Acts make provision for the imposition of a fine on any person who wilfully or negligently runs foul of, or makes fast to, any Buoy or Beacon, and for the recovery of the expenses for making good any resulting damage.
Mariners are invited to contact the Marine Department, Commissioners of Irish Lights to comment on any aspect of the Aids to Navigation Service or on hazards to navigation around the coast of Ireland.
By Order, Yvonne Shields Chief Executive.