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SS Richard Montgomery

House of Lords written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Baroness Smith of Basildon Baroness Smith of Basildon Opposition Deputy Chief Whip (Lords), Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what role or responsibility (1) the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, (2) the Department for Transport, (3) the Ministry of Defence, (4) the Environment Agency, and (5) the Port of London Authority, have for monitoring and assessing the stability and safety of the SS Richard Montgomery in the Thames Estuary.

Photo of Earl Attlee Earl Attlee Lords Spokesperson (Department for Transport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The UK Government does not own the wreck or the cargo. The wreck is designated as a dangerous wreck under section 2 of the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973, and this section of the Act is the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Transport. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is responsible for marking and guarding the wreck. This is done through the identification of a prohibited area around the wreck which is marked by buoys, on charts and by contract for 24 hour radar and visual surveillance by Medway Ports. The Ministry of Defence provides expert technical advice in relation to the state and stability of the wreck and its cargo.

Neither the Environment Agency nor the Port of London Authority has any responsibility for monitoring and assessing the safety and stability of the wreck.

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