Emergency Towing Vessel Meeting in Edinburgh
The campaign to retain an emergency tug in the Northern Isles made a significant piece of progress last week when the Coastguard Agency produced their updated risk assessment. I had been critical of their last risk assessment for lacking detail and for being done in house rather than given to somebody independent of the Agency (even if it did conclude that removing the tug would expose us to risk!)
The new risk assessment was produced at the third meeting of the Emergency Towing Vessels Interested Parties group in Edinburgh. Being there and back in a day meant another 5.30am start but for once it really felt like it was worth it! This new risk assessment will now form the basis of the submission to the shipping minister so, while we are not out of the woods yet, there is more hope than there has been previously.