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Ballachulish Bay, Argyll (Moorings)

Volume 656: debated on Wednesday 28 March 1962

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35 and 36.

asked the Minister of Transport (1) what is the total cost of maintaining the seven moorings belonging to his Department in Ballachulish Bay, Argyll; and how much is paid by merchant vessels using these moorings:(2) how many moorings are maintained by his Department in Ballachulish Bay, Argyll; and what use has been made of these during the last four years; and by whom they were used.

Seven moorings are owned and maintained by us in Ballachulish Bay. Only two of them have been used by laid-up merchant vessels in the past four years; one by the s.s. "Inver" from 14th June. 1958 to 21st September, 1959, and the other by T.E.V. "Benwyvis" from 1st May to 4th July, 1959. The present cost of maintaining the seven moorings is about £7,000 a year. Merchant vessels pay on a sliding scale according to the length of stay. The commencing charge for an ocean ship mooring is £35 a week, reducing to £15 a week at the end of six months.