Travelling in Ireland – by Boat

European Regulation 1177/2010 on the Rights of Passengers Travelling by Sea and Inland Waterways, came into effect on 18 December 2012. The Regulation applies to vessels certified to carry more than 12 passengers and operated by a European Union Carrier. It includes provisions on non-discrimination and assistance for people with disabilities and reduced mobility similar to those already in force for rail and air passengers. This includes an obligation to: provide assistance at ports or harbours and on board ships; carry recognised assistance dogs (subject to national regulations); carry mobility equipment (such as wheelchairs) free of charge and to provide information in accessible formats.

Statutory Instrument No. 394 of 2012 designates the National Transport Authority as the national enforcement body for the purposes of Regulation (EU) No. 1177/2010 in Ireland. An Information Note summarising passenger rights in the area is available here.

A number of private vessel operators provide public transport and tourist services in Ireland but not all of these services are accessible to people with mobility difficulties. You can get more information by clicking on the following links:


Passanger boats (12 passengers or less) or ships (more than 12 passengers) in Ireland are required to hold a current valid licence or certificate issued by the Marine Survey Office of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Marine Survey Office, Leeson Lane, Dublin 2. Tel.: (01) 678 34 00, Email:

For full details of your passenger rights see