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Caithness News Bulletins July 2005
MEETING WITH NEW SHIPPING MINISTER
They want to see: -
The Group accepts it is going to be very difficult to implement the suspension of the Right of Innocent Passage in the Minches and to insist that all vessels have a pilot on board while transiting the Minches but want to keep these options in reserve if the above measures do not sufficiently control and manage the Minches.
The Highland Council is led on the Working Group by long-standing campaigners Councillor Michael Foxley, Vice-Convener, and Kyle Councillor Bill Fulton.
Councillor Foxley said: "We are anxious to maintain the momentum on this long-running campaign and our next step is to seek a meeting with, Stephen Ladyman, the new Minister of State for Transport with special responsibility for shipping. We have identified an action plan, which we believe is crucial if we are to make our vulnerable waters as safe as they can be."
Councillor Fulton, who chaired the most recent meeting of the Group said: "For many years now we have been highlighting the lack of adequate control of movements around our shores. The consequences of a major spillage for the marine environment and our coastal communities would be catastrophic. Our priority is now to seek a meeting with the new Shipping Minister to press the case for early action."
A Few Reasons Why This Is So Important to Caithness
and- Highlands & Islands
A few more facts from British Marine Life Study Society Oil Spilled: Amococ Cadiz (Brittany, 1978) 223,000 tonnes Torrey Canyon (Scilly Isles, 1967) 117,000 tonnes Braer (Shetland Isles, 1993) 84,000 tonnes Sea Empress (S W Wales, 1996) 71,800 tonnes Erika (North Biscay, 1999) 26,000 tonnes
Oiled Birds: Amoco Cadiz N/K Estimate 25,000+ Torrey Canyon 7879 Estimate 25,000+ Braer 1784 Estimate 6,500+ Sea Empress 7080 Estimate 17,000+ Esso Bernicia 2338+ Estimate 4,000+ Erika Estimate 21,000+