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The decision not to continue public funding of emergency towing vessels recognises that towage and salvage are matters that are properly the responsibility of ship owners and operators.
In relation to emergency ship towing, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) aims to meet all interested parties to discuss how incident management will be undertaken after the current contract for emergency towing vessels expires in September 2011. The first meeting has been arranged for Edinburgh on
Although our decision not to renew the contract for emergency towing vessels, and the proposals I launched on