Saturday, 28 November 2015
All this is excellent news, and we are very grateful indeed to Francis, Brian and our friends at Archaeology Scotland for all the help they have given us.
I enjoy watching ships like this pass through the Sound. While I think it's probably safer for her to pass to the west of Mull, I'm happy to see her - as long as the owners know that, if the ship comes ashore and people's livelihoods are ruined, the fines they will incur will be punitive.
Currently this is not the case - all they have to do is apologise and promise to do better next time. So, wherever you live, please write to email@example.com and urge him to press the UK government to take all the steps he can to prevent a repeat of the Lysblink Seaways 'accident'.
Friday, 27 November 2015
Thursday, 26 November 2015
Our position isn't helped by our lack of a Community Council to take the lead. However, this shouldn't prevent us from writing to our other elected representatives, particularly to our MP, Ian Blackford, since matters such as this are reserved to Westminster.
I have written to him copying my email to local MSPs and some Highland Councillors for information. I asked that something be done to punish DFDS, mostly to deter a repeat of this sort of needless accident both by DFDS and by other ship owners. I'm pleased to say I heard back immediately from Dave Thompson, our Constituency MSP, assuring me that he and Ian Blackford MP are pursuing the case. I have also heard from Fergus Ewing, who says that he agrees with my concerns.
Since 2001, when the Lysfoss went aground on Auliston Point, we've also had the Fri Ocean go ashore 2.5km south of Tobermory in 2012. Both grounded for very similar reasons - an inadequate watch was being kept in the early hours of the morning. That's three ocean-going ships colliding with rocks within ten miles us in the last 15 years! How much longer can our luck hold - because if the worst happens, our creel fishing, our fish farms, and our tourist industry will be dead.
Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org All you need to say is that you support him in any action he can take to prevent a repeat of this sort of accident. It helps if you copy the email to Dave.Thompson.MSP@scottish.parliament.uk And you don't have to live here to be concerned - something needs to be done about this nationwide.