BIM defends temporary ice plant closures -

posted on 06 Aug 2015 05:31 by loutishtyro1301
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Speaking on RT's Nowadays together with Keelin Shanley, your Government chief whip mentioned fishermen rely on the availability of ice pertaining to keeping his or her catch fresh as well as BIM needs to explain the actual circumstance totally for you to them.

He said it absolutely was unclear as to if the plants may reopen. While a new result, this could pose challenges together with regard to modern health and safety standards.

Fine Gael TD Paul Kehoe known as on the board being honest as well as upfront with fishermen over the closure of ice plants.

As with regard to fishermen'sconcerns over ice supply, Mr Keatinge mentioned there had been clearly adequate ice inside the plants to help keep all of them operating andice wasalso obtainable using their company plants.

Mr Flaherty mentioned if vessels failed to get ice to maintain their catch fresh, then they will cannot visit sea. He also mentioned BIM had been faced having a situation exactly where revenue had dropped significantly over the last number of years, also as staff numbers.

The Wexford TDsaid there may be absolutely no communication from BIM within relation for the closure.


"Ultimately we've to put your health insurance and safety of our staff operating your plants at the forefront,"said Mr Keatinge.

But Mr Kehoe stated it wasn't realistic to be able to ask smaller sized operators, processors and fish shops to travel lengthy mileage to get ice.

"One issue identified as a risk in the audit relates to personnel shortages with some staff working about their particular within the plants.

Bord Iascaigh Mhara offers defended its selection to be able to temporarily suspend production from ice plants with 3 involving Ireland's greatest fishing ports.

Mr Keatinge mentioned there where certain concerns more than men working on your own own at the plants andan expert will visit every plant inside the coming days, after which usually the particular board will meetto attempt to resolve the particular issue.

MrKeatinge said there is adequate ice accessible to fishermen in a couple of with the plants as well as that there are various other plants nevertheless open up within additional locations.

"BIM totally understands the value of the actual Ice Plants for the fishing sector and it is doing everything in its power to resolve the actual problems along with reopen the plants as soon as possible."

Also speaking about Morning Ireland, Denis O'Flaherty regarding O'Flaherty Brothers trawler operators in Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford said he had 3 vessels and also each and every required six to be able to seven tonnes regarding ice nevertheless the plant throughout Kilmore Quay simply had seven tonnes left.

He said he located it peculiar the three plants were closed upon Friday evening, adding in which a quantity of recognize could happen in order to be offered towards the fishermen.

In a statement released this morning simply by BIM, the actual board has said: "Many associated with BIM's Ice Plants tend to be outdated buildings dating in the late 1970s. He stated your fishermen have no thought when the Kilmore plant will reopen.

He extra that will logistically it ended up being not achievable to be able to source ice via elsewhere and also without having the plants within operation, the particular ports will arrived at any standstill.

"But as I say we're dealing using a situation exactly where we dropped greater than 80% in our revenue inside the final a decade and also we're operating for you to keep your complete factor working."

Speaking upon RT's Morning Ireland, interim BIM CEO Michael Keatinge mentioned production ended up being suspended credited for you to health and safety concerns at the plants inside Howth, Kilmore Quay and also Dunmore East.

"These plants are receiving older