The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, today appointed Captain Robert McCabe as chairperson of the Seafood / Offshore Renewable Energy Working Group for a two-year period.
Captain McCabe is a qualified Master Mariner (Trinity College) who has extensive maritime experience in a variety of senior roles throughout a 35 year career with the Commissioners of Irish Lights. Among the roles undertaken by Captain McCabe during this period included serving as the First Master of the ILV Granuaile, before later being appointed to a variety of management positions within the Commissioners of Irish Lights, including Assistant Inspector, Deputy Head of Marine, Head of Marine, and Director of Operations and Navigation.
He has also served as the President of the Irish Chamber of Shipping and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICoS), and is a current member of a number of marine bodies, including the Nautical Institute and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
The Seafood / ORE Working Group has been established to facilitate discussion on matters arising from the interaction of the seafood and offshore renewable energy industries, to promote and share best practice, and to encourage liaison with other sectors in the marine environment.
With regard to this specific role, Captain McCabe brings extensive knowledge of both the Seafood and ORE sectors, having previously worked with both in relation to maritime navigational safety. His work has enabled him to gain an extensive knowledge of the Irish coast and maritime activity across all sectors, and he brings a record of effective delivery of offshore engineering and navigation safety projects, which will prove valuable within the setting of this group.
Following the appointment, Minister O’Brien said: