Minch tug gone

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Minch tug gone

Postby Nick » Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:42 pm

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The Minch ETV has been wirthdrawn after interim UK government funding for it ended.

The Northern Isles ETV is still in place for the moment.
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Re: Minch tug gone

Postby wully » Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:55 pm

I can see the headlines now " Well, we never needed it until today..."

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Re: Minch tug gone

Postby NorthUp2 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:05 am

wully wrote:I can see the headlines now " Well, we never needed it until today..."



You couldn't make this up.....a coaster Flinterspirit has just grounded on the east side of the Uists!

http://www.shipais.com/currentmap.php?map=Skye

Barra lifeboat launching...where is the CG tug? the wrong side of the Pentland Firth. (edit- and that was on Sunday)

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Re: Minch tug gone

Postby Nick » Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:04 am

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Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 forecast for the Minch. Hope everyone on board is OK.
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Re: Minch tug gone

Postby marisca » Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:03 am

The Anglian Sovereign appears to be heading south up near Cape Wrath and the Anglian Princess is just entering the Cromarty Firth.
Has apathy taken over? We and a variety of other folk got exercised by the withdrawal plan, were mollified by the 3 month's extension and I can't say I noticed any concerted campaign during that extension.

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Re: Minch tug gone

Postby Nick » Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:11 am

marisca wrote:The Anglian Sovereign appears to be heading south up near Cape Wrath and the Anglian Princess is just entering the Cromarty Firth.
Has apathy taken over? We and a variety of other folk got exercised by the withdrawal plan, were mollified by the 3 month's extension and I can't say I noticed any concerted campaign during that extension.

I think most of us have given up on the current Westminster government - it's just one stupid, thoughtless decision after another.

Good news on the ship:

All 10 people on board were safe and well and the crew managed to successfully refloat the 4,500-tonne vessel at high tide at about 05:00. RNLI lifeboats from Barra and Stornoway are escorting the vessel. It will be inspected in Stornoway on Lewis before being allowed to continue its journey.
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Re: Minch tug gone

Postby wully » Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:36 pm

When these idiots down south pulled the tugs they should have banned ships from the Minch.


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