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S5W-01873: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 10 August 2016

To ask the Scottish Government on what dates since April 2016 Marine Scotland vessels have sailed without a full complement of crew, also broken down by the members of crew who were absent.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 6 September 2016

Whilst short term crew absences may temporally affect operational capability the vessels are never at sea with less than the staff numbers and grades specified in their respective Safe Manning Certificates.

Marine Scotland vessels, like all UK registered vessels, are operated under the supervision of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). One part of their certifications is a "Safe manning" certificate which lays down the minimum crewing to allow the vessel to navigate safely at sea. As Marine Scotland vessels have specific tasks whilst at sea they generally operate with a higher level of staffing.

In addition, over that same period, there were nine occasions when mariners had to be put ashore during trips for reasons of illness or domestic issues requiring a vessel to operate for a period with less than its full complement of crew. Where possible and practical absent crew are replaced by other suitably qualified mariners.

18 July 2016 - Seaman absent.

30 May2016 - Seaman absent

8 May 2016 - Cook/Steward absent

Since April 2016 Marine Scotland vessels have sailed with less than the full complement of mariners on three occasions.