Aberdeen Fishing Fleet

Oral Answers to Questions — Shipping – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th November 1955.

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Photo of Mr Hector Hughes Mr Hector Hughes , Aberdeen North 12:00 am, 16th November 1955

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation (1) what regulations are now in force governing the construction, safety and sea-

  1. (1) Following Statutes and Regulations are relevant:
    1. (1) Construction
      • The Merchant Shipping Act, 1894 (Sixth Schedule).
    2. (2) Safety
      • The Merchant Shipping (Life-Saving Appliances) Rules, 1952.
      • The Merchant Shipping (Fire Appliances) Rules, 1952.
      • The Merchant Shipping (Masters) Rules, 1952.
      • The Merchant Shipping Act, 1894 (s. 413) as amended by the Merchant Shipping (Fishing Boats) Order, 1948.
    3. (3) Seaworthiness
      • The Merchant Shipping Act, 1894 (ss. 457, 458, 459 and 725).
      • The Merchant Shipping (Safety and Load Line Conventions) Act, 1932.
  2. (2) Following are the details of inspections carried out:

TABLE A
Type of InspectionYearNumberResult
General inspections195128All 28 required action to bring safety equipment to required standard. In 6 cases vessels were detained and the owners or skippers prosecuted.
19528138 satisfactory, 43 required action; 3 vessels were detained and in 2 cases the owner or skipper was prosecuted.
195310051 satisfactory, 49 required action.
1954136116 satisfactory, 20 required action; 3 vessels were detained and in 2 cases the owner and/or skipper was prosecuted.
1955 (to 30th September)9479 satisfactory, 15 required action.

worthiness of ships in the Aberdeen fishing fleet; and what steps are taken to enforce them;

(2) if he will specify the number, kind and results of inspections by Government inspectors of ships of the Aberdeen fishing fleet during each of the last five years.

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT a list of the statutes and Regulations involved. As their enforcement is secured by inspection by my Department's surveyors, I am also circulating details of the inspections carried out and their results.

Photo of Mr Hector Hughes Mr Hector Hughes , Aberdeen North

Is the Minister aware that I am much obliged to him for that comprehensive Answer? Does he agree that, on the analogy of the Regulations which govern the construction, safety and road-worthiness of motor cars, similar regulations should be punctiliously enforced in the case of ships, in the interest of crews and all concerned?

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

I think that when the hon. and learned Member has a chance to study the details with reference to the inspections which I am circulating in HANSARD, he will be satisfied that an effective effort of enforcement is made.

Following is the list:

Type of inspectionYearNumberResult
Survey of safety Equipment (at owner's request) (Navigational lights, sound signal apparatus and life saving and fire appliances).19514040 certificates issued.
19523030 certificates issued.
1953107107 certificates issued.
19548383 certificates issued.
1955 (to 30th September)4646 certificates issued.
Inspections arising from crew complaints (Life saving appliances (*); accommodation (†); winch guard (‡))19513*All four complaints justified and remedial action taken.
1†
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4
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19523*2 complaints justified and remedial action taken.
19531*Both complaints justified and remedial action taken.
1†
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2
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19541*5 complaints justified and remedial action taken.
6†
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7
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1955 (to 30th September)1†All four complaints justified and remedial action taken.
1‡
2*
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4
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Inspections in dry dock and for seaworthiness195162 no action required; 2 vessels required repairs and 2 were eventually scrapped.
1952102 no action required; 6 vessels required repairs and 2 were eventually scrapped.
1953219 no action required; 10 vessels required repairs and 2 were eventually scrapped.
1954158 no action required; 3 vessels required repairs and 4 were eventually scrapped.
1955 (to 30th September)42 no action required; 2 vessels eventually scrapped.
Inspections of coal on deck1951144 satisfactory, 10 required remedial action.
19522416 satisfactory, 8 required remedial action.
19531912 satisfactory, 7 required remedial action.
19543630 satisfactory, 6 required remedial action.
1955 (to 30th September)20All satisfactory.
Inspections of pumping arrangements.1951Inspections were not instituted until the beginning of 1954.
1952
1953
19542920 satisfactory, 9 required remedial action.
1955 (to 30th September)12All satisfactory.
Inspections of radiotelephony and radiotelegraphy.195114251 required further attention.
195228343 required further attention.
195316316 required further attention.
195417216 required further attention.
1955 (to 30th September)1097 required further attention.
TABLE B
INSPECTIONS ARISING OUT OF CASUALTIES
Type of InspectionYearResult
19511952195319541955 (to 30th Sept.)
(a)Machinery21464Satisfactory repairs carried out in 50 cases and 2 owners prosecuted for deficiencies in life saving appliances. One vessel scrapped.
(b)Hull68553
(c)Life saving appliances113
(d)Inspections arising out of loss of life.11
Totals10119147