(2) under what circumstances the Ministry of Defence would provide replacement vessels; what his definition is of extended time off task; and if he will make a statement;
(3) for how many patrol days a River class offshore patrol vessel would need to be unavailable for the Ministry of Defence to provide a replacement; and if he will make a statement.
There is no specific requirement for the Ministry of Defence to provide a replacement patrol vessel in the event of a Davit fault. It is difficult to be precise as to how many patrol days would need to be missed before a replacement vessel could be provided. Provision of a replacement vessel will depend on a number of operational factors including:
(i) the time that a River class vessel is off task or unable to undertake full operational duties;
(ii) the availability of a suitable replacement ship and crew with British Sea Fisheries Officers on board; and
(iii) the importance operationally at the time of having full fisheries patrol capability available.
Time off task is regarded as any time when the patrol vessel is not undertaking patrol activity at sea either because of routine stand-off or for other reasons, for example, technical problems.
The annual cost will depend on the number of patrol days delivered to the Marine and Fisheries Agency by the Royal Navy, the platform daily rate and an annual review of the daily rate.