HC Deb 15 July 1964 vol 698 cc255-6W
Mr. Awberry

asked the Minister of Transport what steps he takes to protect seamen employed on vessels engaged in the transport of liquid sulphur; and what has been the result of trials made on the two vessels recently constructed specially for this class of cargo.

Mr. Marples

My Department has examined details of the construction of these two ships in consultation with the owners and with representatives of the Officers' and Seamens' Unions.

I am satisfied that the provisions made for ventilation and gas detection on board give adequate protection for the crew. I understand that the first ship, the " Naess Texas ", has satisfactorily completed two round voyages between the Gulf of Mexico and Rotterdam.