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S5W-03285: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 29 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-01873 by Roseanna Cunningham on 10 August 2016, how long the vessel remained in port before resuming duties on each of the nine occasions that mariners had to be put ashore, also broken down by how many times (a) suitably qualified replacement mariners were hired and (b) the vessel resumed sailing without a full complement of crew.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 10 November 2016

Marine Scotland vessels are certificated by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency with a Safe Manning Document. This specifies the safe manning complement for each vessel. At no time has Marine Scotland sailed any of its vessels below the safe manning complement.

In addition to the safe manning complement each vessel has an operational complement. This is set higher than the safe manning complement to ensure operational flexibility. This allows Marine Scotland to sail vessels when a crew member calls off at the last minute or requires to be landed during the course of a voyage. The occasions where mariners had to be put ashore, from the start of April 2016 to date, are listed in the following table. No delays in sailing have occurred due to shortage of operational complement.

Vessel

Date From

Date To

Number of days

Delays / replacements

Minna

29-4-16

9-5-16

10

 

No delay or replacement. Cover provided by existing crew member.

Minna

8-6-16

13-6-16

5

No delay. Replacement crew member put on board vessel after 5 days to complete voyage.

Hirta

5-6-16

22-6-16

17

No delay or replacement.

Hirta

5-7-16

13-7-16

8

No delay or replacement.

Jura

5-4-16

8-4-16

3

No delay or replacement.

Jura

7-5-16

19-5-17

13

No delay or replacement.

Jura

10-7-16

21-7-16

11

No delay or replacement.

Jura

3-8-16

11-8-16

8

No delay or replacement.

Scotia

5-7-16

16-7-16

12

No delay or replacement.