More on this. I have the author's permission to forward it to celtic-l.
>From: DR M S C HAVARD 92 <[log in to unmask]>
>To: Members of the list <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Milford Haven oil spill
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>X-Comment: Irish Sea Forum
>Of the 103 recommendations in the Donaldson report many were in train
>anyway and so could well be claimed to have been tackled. However
>some of the report's major recommendations do not seem to have been
>looked at e.g investment in salvage tugs and improvement
>in the provision around the coast; declaration of Marine Environmental
>High Risk Areas (an obvious one being the Pembrokeshire Coast); the
>production of a Seaway Code to, amongst other things, inform Masters
>of such areas etc.
>Another area of concern is inadequate pilotage (anywhere but
>particularly in MEHRAs). At Milford Haven it appears the pilots get on
>late (i.e close to the port) and there is insufficient (if any) escort
>pilotage. Reports (now confirmed) of the radar at the port having been
>out of order for at least the last 6 months (since the last incident,
>the Borga in October 1995, which fortunately was double hulled and so
>didn't lead to the present situation) implys a casual approach
>to safety which boarders on the cavalier.
>There is also great concern about the delay in initiating salvage
>after the initial grounding and also inadequate provision of booms in
>the Haven in the days since, even to the extent of not booming the
>Sea Empress once she was safely on the jetty.
>The underlying message seems to be we haven't learnt from previous
>accidents and that this time there should be not only an enquiry into
>this incident but investigation into the implementation of the
>Donaldson recommendations AND then the introduction of a timetable for
>ensuring that these (and any new ones arising from the latest
>enquiry) are actioned.
>I think it would be useful if the Irish Sea Forum could make
>representations about such concerns to the appropriate people, and
>also make these concerns widely known.
>Dr Madeleine Havard
>Department for Continuing Education
>University of Wales Cardiff
>38 Park Place
>Cardiff CF1 3BB Tel: 01222 874831 Fax: 01222 668935