It is a matter of priority for the Group, given the nature of our operations that the wellbeing of all those who work within the Group or travel on-board our vessels are safeguarded through adherence to statutory health and safety standards and international maritime regulations.
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005, impose certain requirements on employers and the Group has taken the necessary action to comply with the Act, including the adoption of safety statements in appropriate locations. On occasions where incidents occur in the workplace leading to personal injury the Group may be subject to investigation by the appropriate regulatory authority and in cases where the Group is found to be in breach of regulations the Group may be subject to enforcement action.
Irish Continental Group ensures that its management systems instil a safety culture throughout all aspects of operations both ashore and afloat. Management is responsible for ensuring that health and safety issues are identified, monitored, reviewed and developed. The Group ensures that there are appropriate policies and procedures in place with targets and monitoring of performance. Regular audits ensure continued compliance to these high standards are maintained.
Irish Continental Group ensures that all its ships are designed, operated and maintained in compliance with the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) to ensure the safety of our crew, our passengers and the cargo that is to be transported on our ships is safely stowed and carried in compliance with these regulations and in accordance with best practice. In addition Irish Continental Group ensures that its ships are operated in compliance with the International Safety Management Code (ISM Code), which is the international standard for the safe management and operation of ships and for pollution prevention. Irish Continental Group is also in full compliance with the International Ship and Port Facility Security code requirements (ISPS Code).
It is a priority for the Group to ensure that all those who work within its structures are provided with a high level of safety and quality training. Information for the promotion of a Health and Safety culture and its attendant responsibilities is made available. Instruction and training in the appropriate and relevant matters is followed so that all are enabled to work safely and to also contribute towards a safer working environment.
In addition to the Group’s own internal verification procedures, we are subject to inspection by the relevant National and International Statutory bodies, which are charged with the responsibility to monitor all regulated operations to ensure that all the specific requirements are compliant.
During 2015, the on-board management of the Irish Ferries ships was performed by Matrix Ship Management Limited, Cyprus, on behalf of Irish Continental Group. There is an on-going monitoring and reporting system in place to ensure that at all times the Group is aware of all relevant statutory legislation applicable to its business and the Group seeks to achieve the highest level of compliance with such legislation in all its activities.