HC Deb 13 May 1982 vol 23 cc299-300W
Mr. Prescott

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many civilian vessels have been requisitioned or chartered for support of the task force; and if he will list them by name, port of registration, type of vessel and tonnage.

Mr. Blaker

I listed the ships which the Government have requisitioned for use in the South Atlantic, together with some of the information requested, in answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Chipping Barnet (Mr. Chapman) on 6 May.—[Vol. 23, c.133–34.] They have the following ports of registration:

  • London—Uganda, Canberra, Europic Ferry, Baltic Ferry, Nordic Ferry, Wimpy Seahorse and Elk.
  • Southampton—Queen Elizabeth 2.
  • Liverpool—Atlantic Conveyor, Atlantic Causeway.
  • Hull—Norland, Salvageman, Irishman, Yorkshireman, Northella, Farnella, Junella, Cordella, and Pict.
  • Aberdeen—Stena Seaspread.

In addition, the Ro-ro ferry St. Edmund has now been requisitioned. Its port of registration is London and its gross registered tonnage in 8,987.

The information requested on chartered ships is as follows:

Type and name Gross Registered Tonnage Port of Registration
British Avon 15,540 London
British Dart 15,653 London
British Esk 15,644 London
British Tamar 15,644 London
British Tay 15,650 London
British Test 15,653 London
British Trent 15,648 London
British Wye 15,649 London
Eburna 19,763 London
Anco Charger 15,568 London
Balder London 19,976 London
Scottish Eagle 32,995 London
Alvega 33,329 London
Fort Toronto 19,982 London
Solid Support Ships
Lycaon 11,804 Liverpool
Geest Port 7,730 Hamilton, Bermuda
Saxonia 8,547 Glasgow
Container Ship
Contender Bezant 11,445 Bermuda
Cable Ship
Iris 3,874 Southampton