ETVs: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT RESPONSE
The Department of Transport has responded to our query earlier this year asking if a full risk assessment had been carried out prior to the decision not to continue to provide Emergency Towing Vessels around Britain's coasts after September 2011 (see link).
EMERGENCY TUG WITHDRAWAL: DOT PRESSED FOR COPY OF RISK ASSESSMENT(S)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celtic_le ... ssage/3591
Responding on behalf of Transport Minister Phillip Hammond his junior colleague Mike Penning says:
"Thank you for your letter of 18 February to Philip Hammond, enclosing a similar letter that you sent to Philip Naylor at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), regarding the risk assessments surrounding our decision not to provide Emergency Towing Vessels (ETVs) at public expense once the current contract let by the MCA expires in September 2011. I am replying as Minister responsible for maritime issues.
Let me assure you that the risks associated with our decision have been fully considered and assessed. A suite of documents relating to the ETV provision are available from a link on the front page of the MCA's website (www.dft.gov. uk/mca).
Whilst the Celtic League are grateful for the Departments response we have to conclude that they are being somewhat disingenuous.
It is clear from our research that no complete risk assessment has been undertaken and the so called `suite of documents' (some of which appeared on the MCA web site after our query) does not fall into this category.
It is clear that the UK coalition decision to withdraw the ETV support from around our coasts is ill-founded. Sadly the consequences of this flawed decision will ultimately be borne by coastal communities.
J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information
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