SS Richard Montgomery

Department for Transport written question – answered on 2nd December 2015.

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Photo of Gordon Henderson Gordon Henderson Conservative, Sittingbourne and Sheppey

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to monitor the security of the SS Richard Montgomery and prevent terror attacks on it.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Medway Port Authority, which guards the wreck under contract to the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, provides: 24 hour surveillance of the wreck, both visually and by radar; patrols of the area around the wreck; and an initial response to any potential incursions into the prohibited area. Incursions, and incidents likely to result in an incursion, are reported immediately to the Police and to HM Coastguard so that appropriate specialist support can be provided.

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Tim Bell
Posted on 4 Dec 2015 9:35 am (Report this annotation)

A typical bog standard answer, by the Minister!

They have been saying that for years BUT......Both visually? 2 miles away no dedicated CCTV on it, no night time binoculars, NO FOG HOOTERS, NO AIS /ATON, or navaid......NO RISK ASSESSMENT OR LONG TERM MANAGEMENT PLAN, BY THE MCA or Department of Transport?

The Medway PA and VTS and Tugs have done a great job their professionalism have kept us safe from a collision, pity the MCA can't be as good, and leaving it to fate! No dedicated patrols which was dropped a long time ago, no Explosive Heath and Safety Executive or bomb disposal experts and MOD, involvement as this committee was abandoned in the 80's.... frankly its NOT GOOD ENOUGH!

Where was the patrol boat when the paddle boarder was touching the mast of the wreck?..... it was only reported and a fuss made when the photo when viral via Facebook and the MPA phone the guys involved at home and NOT ON SITE! when the MCA gave the MPA a telling off because it embarrassed the MCA!

Can we have a list of near misses by vessels and NOT the Excuse that it would cost more than £800 to get the information?

Can the authorities be open and transparent as they said they would be in their 2000 year report, why have they not publish the further two studies into the BMT report? Is it not in the interest of the public to know, so many questions still need to be answered?

ron angel
Posted on 7 Dec 2015 3:38 pm (Report this annotation)

You would have thought the government would have learned. During the Olympics it was reported on the local BBC radio that three men with munitions aboard a speed boat were intercepted near the wreck. Colin Harvey local and respected Sheppey historian heard the broadcast. The whole thing was hushed up nothing more heard. I knew BBC DJ and he could not find out anything inside BBC. Big cover up!
It would take about two minutes for a couple of people in a speed boat to go from shipping lane drop a holdall full of explosives on to the wreck and get away at high speed. OR suicide bombers with whole boat load to sink above wreck and explode, or even a planned underwater attack. This has been known to authorities for years and is nothing new.