Notice to Mariners No. 7 of 2024

Notice to Mariners
No. 7 of 2024

To all ship owners, shipmasters, agents, fishing vessels, pleasure craft users, seafarers and fishery organisations.

Port of Kinsale


 The laying of Yellow unlit Special Marks by Dock  beach marked RED on chart and Sandycove island marked Purple  indicating speed Limit                                                     

All port users are reminded that there are strict speed limits in force within the Port of Kinsale, there are also exclusion zones for power craft. Owners and operators of recreational craft shall ensure that they are complying with the prescribed speed limits below and that they are operating their vessel with due regard for the Code of Practice for The Safe Operation of Recreational Craft.

Key Legislation: 

  • Speed Limit in Kinsale is 5 knots with “No Wake” Between James Fort/Summer Cove and the Bridge.
  • All Persons on board a vessel less than 7m in length must wear a personal floatation device (PFD) or life-jacket.  
  • On vessels/open craft over 7m, or “On Deck” of a decked vessel, persons under the age of 16 must wear a PFD or Lifejacket. 
  • The operator of a Vessel capable of more than 17kts (power craft or personal water craft) must be 16 years of age or older. 
  • No person, owner or master shall operate a craft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 


“Violation of any of the provisions of the pleasure craft Regulations 2005 and Maritime Safety Act 2005:”

Fixed payment notice: €150     Summary Conviction in Court: €5,000

“Fixed payment notice may be issued by an authorised officer, including the Garda Siochana, Harbour Masters authorised by the Minister.”

Mark J. Clarke

Máistir Cuain Sinsearach |  Harbour Master

Comhairle Contae Chorcaí | Cork County Council