Comhairle to continue the case for West Coast based ETV

A tug was previously based in Stornoway.

A tug was previously based in Stornoway.

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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is to continue the case, along with colleagues in neighbouring councils, for an Emergency Towing Vessel (ETV) to be based in the West of Scotland.

Cllr Norman MacDonald attended a meeting with the Secretary of State for Scotland last Thursday, (26th February), along with the Leaders of Shetland Council and Highland Council and Depute Lead Councillor for Argyll and Bute Council, to discuss the provision of Emergency Towing Vessels (ETVs).

Comhairle Convener, Cllr Norman MacDonald, said: “I believe that the incidents over the past few months highlight the very serious risks around our coastal waters. It is absolutely essential that we have adequate safety measures in place to respond swiftly to incidents so that we can protect lives and minimise the risk of environmental damage. Thankfully nobody was seriously hurt in the most recent incident at Ardnamurchan, but we remain very concerned, as do colleagues in neighbouring councils, about the current situation. We will continue to seek a reinstatement of a west coast based ETV.”