Maritime Safety Act 2005

Directions to passengers on board passenger boats and ships.

33.—(1) The master of a passenger boat or passenger ship or another vessel carrying passengers in Irish waters, or being an Irish ship carrying passengers in waters anywhere, or a person in uniform on board, authorised by him or her or the owner of the boat or ship, may give directions to passengers on board, which in the circumstances are reasonable, in relation to the safety or security of, or safety or security procedures on board, the boat or ship or for the purposes of complying with section 30 (2).

(2) A direction under this section shall not be given to a passenger in relation to anything which is a duty or task of the crew of the boat or ship or which would be unreasonable or inappropriate for him or her to carry out.

(3) A passenger who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with a direction given to him or her under subsection (1) is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €500.

(4) In this section—

“passenger” and “passenger boat” have the meanings assigned to them, respectively, in section 2 of the Act of 1992;

“passenger ship” means a ship carrying more than 12 passengers.