§ 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: 300W
Type and name Gross Registered Tonnage Port of Registration Tankers 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 Freighter Saxonia 8,547 Glasgow Container Ship Contender Bezant 11,445 Bermuda Cable Ship Iris 3,874 Southampton