MP welcomes tug progress

WESTERN Isles MP has welcomed the news that the Department of Transport is considering an extension to the contract of the Emergency Towing Vessel (ETV) on the West Coast of Scotland.

Speaking after Mike Penning MP met in Inverness with meet campaigners on the issue Mr MacNeil, said: “Only last week I called for Mr Penning to meet with campaigners from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Highland Council on issues surrounding the continuation of the ETV on the West Coast of Scotland.

“I am pleased to hear that the Shipping Minister has travelled to Inverness to meet with the representatives of those concerned. As I suggested last week if those involved got round the table a better understanding would emerge.

“As a result of this, The Department of Transport is now considering an extension to the current contract period until the next financial year if another solution can be found.

“Clearly, I am pleased Mr Penning moved so swiftly to meet in the Highlands, however, concerns will remain for the longer term amongst those who are concerned about maritime safety on the seas close to the Hebrides.”