§ Mr. Spearing
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list each reported accident involving the MV Bowbelle in the River Thames system upstream of Gravesend since 1965 and the number of similar incidents in the same zone involving each of her sister vessels over the same period.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
The hon. Member already has in his possession information concerning accidents involving the Bowbelle. There are no true sister ships to the Bowbelle. Full information on incidents involving other Bow vessels owned or managed by South Coast Shipping is not available. The records of the marine accident information branch date from 1 January 1989 and show no reports of accidents involving a South Coast Shipping operated vessel in the River Thames.