Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
576. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will direct a naval architect in the Marine Survey Office to confirm the failed stability tests carried out on a vessel (details supplied) in order to support a case being taken to the European Parliament Committee on Petitions regarding the vessel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29345/16]
The Marine Survey Office (MSO) in my Department acts in the capacity of Safety Regulator for the maritime industry.
In relation to the vessel in question, inclining tests were undertaken and results obtained, and from these results, it was ascertained that for the load conditions set out in regulation, the vessel specifications did not comply with the stability criteria. The correspondence from the MSO dated 20 January 2011, which you have to hand, sets out this finding. Additionally, as you are aware, the MSO brought its concerns regarding the stability of similar vessels of this design before the relevant EU Committee and this is on record.