The Celtic League has received a (undated) response to our query to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) about the decision of the UK government to announce the withdrawal of the emergency tug vessel (ETV) provision around British coasts (see link):
It would seem that at this stage no `complete’ risk assessment is in place which makes the UK government decision all the more perturbing.
“Dear, Mr Moffat
ETV RISK ASSESSMENT
In response to your letter of 18th February, I am sure you will appreciate there has been a considerable amount of work gone in developing the decision not to renew the ETV contract, this work has drawn on data from evidence and reports going back over the last 16 years. The MCA is in the process of bringing together all the salient documentation that inform the ETV Risk Assessment, to provide a comprehensive suite of data that fully supports the Risk Assessment process, as soon as this information collation has been completed the full ETV Risk Assessment will be provided and placed within the public domain, down loadable from our website,
I will of course inform you once this work has been completed.
Director of Maritime Services”
The Celtic League is grateful to the MCA for their cooperation in this matter.
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J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information