§ 8 and 59. Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation (1) what regulations are now in force governing the construction, safety and sea-
- (1) Following Statutes and Regulations are relevant:
- (1) Construction
- The Merchant Shipping Act, 1894 (Sixth Schedule).
- The Merchant Shipping (Life-Saving Appliances) Rules, 1952.
- The Merchant Shipping (Fire Appliances) Rules, 1952.
- The Merchant Shipping (Masters) Rules, 1952.
- The Merchant Shipping Act, 1894 (s. 413) as amended by the Merchant Shipping (Fishing Boats) Order, 1948.
- The Merchant Shipping Act, 1894 (ss. 457, 458, 459 and 725).
- The Merchant Shipping (Safety and Load Line Conventions) Act, 1932.
|Type of Inspection||Year||Number||Result|
|General inspections||…||…||1951||28||All 28 required action to bring safety equipment to required standard. In 6 cases vessels were detained and the owners or skippers prosecuted.|
|1952||81||38 satisfactory, 43 required action; 3 vessels were detained and in 2 cases the owner or skipper was prosecuted.|
|1953||100||51 satisfactory, 49 required action.|
|1954||136||116 satisfactory, 20 required action; 3 vessels were detained and in 2 cases the owner and/or skipper was prosecuted.|
|1955 (to 30th September)||94||79 satisfactory, 15 required action.|
§ worthiness of ships in the Aberdeen fishing fleet; and what steps are taken to enforce them;
§ (2) if he will specify the number, kind and results of inspections by Government inspectors of ships of the Aberdeen fishing fleet during each of the last five years.
§ The Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation (Mr. John Boyd-Carpenter)
I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT a list of the statutes and Regulations involved. As their enforcement is secured by inspection by my Department's surveyors, I am also circulating details of the inspections carried out and their results.
§ Mr. Hughes
Is the Minister aware that I am much obliged to him for that comprehensive Answer? Does he agree that, on the analogy of the Regulations which govern the construction, safety and road-worthiness of motor cars, similar regulations should be punctiliously enforced in the case of ships, in the interest of crews and all concerned?
§ Mr. Boyd-Carpenter
I think that when the hon. and learned Member has a chance to study the details with reference to the inspections which I am circulating in HANSARD, he will be satisfied that an effective effort of enforcement is made.
§ Following is the list:389
|Type of inspection||Year||Number||Result|
|Survey of safety Equipment (at owner's request) (Navigational lights, sound signal apparatus and life saving and fire appliances).||1951||40||40 certificates issued.|
|1952||30||30 certificates issued.|
|1953||107||107 certificates issued.|
|1954||83||83 certificates issued.|
|1955 (to 30th September)||46||46 certificates issued.|
|Inspections arising from crew complaints (Life saving appliances (*); accommodation (†); winch guard (‡))||1951||3*†||All four complaints justified and remedial action taken.|
|1952||3*||2 complaints justified and remedial action taken.|
|1953||1*†||Both complaints justified and remedial action taken.|
|1954||1*†||5 complaints justified and remedial action taken.|
|1955 (to 30th September)||1†||All four complaints justified and remedial action taken.|
|Inspections in dry dock and for seaworthiness||1951||6||2 no action required; 2 vessels required repairs and 2 were eventually scrapped.|
|1952||10||2 no action required; 6 vessels required repairs and 2 were eventually scrapped.|
|1953||21||9 no action required; 10 vessels required repairs and 2 were eventually scrapped.|
|1954||15||8 no action required; 3 vessels required repairs and 4 were eventually scrapped.|
|1955 (to 30th September)||4||2 no action required; 2 vessels eventually scrapped.|
|Inspections of coal on deck||1951||14||4 satisfactory, 10 required remedial action.|
|1952||24||16 satisfactory, 8 required remedial action.|
|1953||19||12 satisfactory, 7 required remedial action.|
|1954||36||30 satisfactory, 6 required remedial action.|
|1955 (to 30th September)||20||All satisfactory.|
|Inspections of pumping arrangements.||1951||—||Inspections were not instituted until the beginning of 1954.|
|1954||29||20 satisfactory, 9 required remedial action.|
|1955 (to 30th September)||12||All satisfactory.|
|Inspections of radiotelephony and radiotelegraphy.||1951||142||51 required further attention.|
|1952||283||43 required further attention.|
|1953||163||16 required further attention.|
|1954||172||16 required further attention.|
|1955 (to 30th September)||109||7 required further attention.|
|INSPECTIONS ARISING OUT OF CASUALTIES|
|Type of Inspection||Year||Result|
|1951||1952||1953||1954||1955 (to 30th Sept.)|
|(a)||Machinery||2||1||4||6||4||Satisfactory repairs carried out in 50 cases and 2 owners prosecuted for deficiencies in life saving appliances. One vessel scrapped.|
|(c)||Life saving appliances||1||1||—||3||—|
|(d)||Inspections arising out of loss of life.||1||1||—||—||—|