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Tugboats: Fees and Charges

Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 17 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to charge a fee towards tug protection on laid-up shipping at anchor within UK territorial waters. (264147)

There are no plans to charge fees for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s (MCA) tug protection services.

The MCA is not aware of any vessels that have been “laid up” at anchor. Anchored vessels must be maintained in a fully operational state.