A petition calling for the reinstatement of an emergency towing vessel (ETV) for the Western Isles has been handed to the UK government. Until 2012, Scotland had two ETVs available for towing ships that had grounded or broken down on Scotland’s north and west coasts. One ship continues to operate out of the Northern Isles. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), which manages ETVs, has ruled out reintroducing a second tugboat. Councillors on the Western Isles were among the organisers of the 1,500-signature petition. The islands’ local authority, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, has support from Orkney and Shetland island councils and local MPs and MSPs in its call for the reinstatement of a second ETV. They have said the grounding of the drilling rig Transocean Winner at Dalmore on Lewis in early August has highlighted the need for two tugs.
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