Emergency Towing Vessel contract is a short term fix, says McArthur

Responding to the UK Government’s decision to extend the provision of the Orkney-based Emergency Towing Vessel for 6 months beyond the current contract ending in 6 weeks. Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has called for longer term certainty.

The UK Transport Minister, Robert Goodwill, announced in the House of Commons on Monday that the Herakles tug, whose contract was set to end on 31st March, will remain until 30th September 2016.

Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has joined Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael and Shetland MSP, Tavish Scott in calling for the UK Government to bring forward a permanent solution, rather constant uncertainty.

Commenting, Liam McArthur said:

"Although it is welcome news that the UK Government will extend the Emergency Towing Vessel contract in Kirkwall it is little more than a short term fix.

“The case for retaining the ETV based in our waters is as strong now as it was back in 2011. The risks have not diminished and so the need for emergency cover remains the same.

“It is time for the UK Government to end the constant uncertainty and confirm the long term future for the Emergency Towing Vessel. Anything less would be to completely disregard the interests of our island communities.”


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