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05/06/2012 22:21
 
Shared information from you, the cruiser on navigational marks and lights.  As you travel and explore post up any comments or suggestions you would like to pass on to others.

Gail MacAllister
 
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15/06/2012 13:06
 
Most inshore navigational aids around Ireland are provided by port and harbour authorities and the County Councils. Authorisation, supervision and performance auditing of these is done (very efficiently) by the Commissioners of Irish Lights, who own and operate the major lights, and also many inshore aids of their own; they are engaged at the moment in transferring responsibility for many of the latter to the local authorities. Provision by the Councils is very variable. Mayo CC provides about 180 aids, Donegal close to that, and Kerry about 70. But Cork CC, as of 2011, had just 14, on a longer coast with much heavier traffic. None of the seven inhabited islands of County Cork has any harbour lights at all, and the Baltimore lifeboat is the busiest in Ireland. Unmarked rocks like Mealbeg, in the Ilen River, damage many boats each year, and it is a matter of luck that there hasn't been a fatal accident. This is not acceptable. The Councils' inshore navigational aids are provided out of our taxes, not from light dues on shipping. The Irish Lights can't compel the Councils to install beacons and buoys, but relentless pressure from us as users just might do it. 
 
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