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North Sea (Fire-Fighting And Support Services)

Volume 977: debated on Thursday 31 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the number of vessels available for emergency fire-fighting and support purposes within the five sector clubs in the North Sea; which sectors expect delivery of a multi-purpose emergency support vessel; who are the builders of these vessels; and what are the planned and actual dates of delivery to the sector club operators.

The United Kingdom Offshore Operators Association has advised me that there are 22 rapid intervention vessels and three multi-function support vessels available for emergency fire-fighting and support purposes in the sector clubs which fall wholly or partly on the United Kingdom continental shelf. Multi-purpose emergency support vessels are on order for the red and yellow sector clubs; their builders—(with planned delivery dates)—are Rauma of Finland—(June 1981)—and Scott Lithgow of Scotland—(mid-1981)—respectively.