Ievoli Black ETV (Emergency Towing Vessel) and Ocean GreatWhite semi submersible rig

Gordon C Stalker made this Freedom of Information request to Maritime and Coastguard Agency

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Dear Maritime and Coastguard Agency,
A large semi-submersible rig Ocean Greatwhite (43860t gross) arrived in The Minch around year end 2018 escorted by a tug with continuous bp (bollard pull) of over 300t. The Alp Defender then departed.
The Ievoli Black left Kirkwall on 4/1/19 and has been patrolling near Ocean Greatwhite, which is dynamically positioned close inshore to Priest Island, which is an SPA (Special Protected Area).
Q1. Is the rig owner/operator or KPL (Kishorn Port Limited) contributing to the cost?
Q2. Is the 120t bp of the Ievoli Black sufficient to hold the rig in conditions stated in MSC (Maritime Safety Committee) Circular 884? A sister tug of Alp Defender the Alp Forward with a continuous bp of 218t was unable to hold a rig of 17580t resulting in a grounding.
Q3. Does the master of Ievoli Black have the windage charts of Ocean Greatwhite? If so could you provide a copy.
Q4. What input has MCA had into the risk assessment of a 43,860t dynamically positioned rig remaining in close proximity to an SPA for weeks?

Yours faithfully,

Gordon C Stalker

DirectorateofMaritimeOperations, Maritime and Coastguard Agency

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Dear Mr Stalker,

            Please find attached, the response letter to your information
request ID3225. I hope this information is suitable for your purposes.

 

Yours,

Andy Cooper.

 

Dear Maritime and Coastguard Agency,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Maritime and Coastguard Agency's handling of my FOI request 'Ievoli Black ETV (Emergency Towing Vessel) and Ocean GreatWhite semi submersible rig'.

Dear Sir,
The FOI/EIR regulations require a prompt reply and not waiting until the last minute. In any case I believe your reply is out of time as it was due by 7th February 2019.
You have not answered my questions but glibly avoided them.
1) I was asking about the period before the rig arrived in Loch Kishorn escorted by the AH Varazze (301 tons bp). The rig was moving between approx. Lat/Long 57.9385 -005.5443 (near Priest Island) and 58.0844 -005.8763 (middle of The Minch) both locations close to a busy ferry route (Ullapool-Stornoway). It was doing this to meet up with various landing craft type ships owned by Ferguson Marine. It was unescorted by any tug until Ievoli Black arrived on 5th January 2019, which then spent several days patrolling close by.
2) I did not ask if Ievoli Black was capable of holding the rig in sea conditions comparable to grounding of Transocean Explorer/Alp Forward. I asked if it was capable of holding it in a standard set of sea conditions. which might be expected in NW Scotland in January.
3) I dispute your bollard pull rating of Ievoli Black, which is underpowered for the type of vessel it may have to deal with. I have read the evaluation of how it was selected.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/i...

Yours faithfully,

Gordon C Stalker BSc

InformationAssurance, Maritime and Coastguard Agency

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Dear Mr Stalker

 

Thank you for your email.  Your Freedom of Information request  ID 3225 is
being reviewed and being dealt with accordingly.

 

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency will endeavour to respond to your
request promptly, and in any case by 11^th March 2019 (20 working days
from date of receipt of your request).

 

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DirectorateofMaritimeOperations, Maritime and Coastguard Agency

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Dear Mr Stalker,

            Please find attached a second response letter to your
information request ID3225 from the Head of Counter Pollution and Survey
Branch personally, Mr Stan Woznicki. I hope this response is more suitable
for your purposes and provides the information you are interested in as
accurately as possible.

 

Yours,

Andy Cooper.

 

Gordon C Stalker left an annotation ()

My question concerned the proximity of Ocean Great White and Ievoli Black ETV. Today (6/3/19) OGW in the Minch at 58.10034N, 5.844873W. The IB is not far away at 58.17545N, 5.42813W.

DirectorateofMaritimeOperations, Maritime and Coastguard Agency

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Dear Mr Stalker,

          Apologies, I forgot to attach a document to the email I sent to
you yesterday. Please find the required document attached together with
the response letter as per yesterday’s email from me.

 

Yours,

Andy Cooper.

 

From: DirectorateofMaritimeOperations
Sent: 06 March 2019 14:22
To: [FOI #543562 email]
Subject: 2nd Response Letter ID3225

 

Dear Mr Stalker,

            Please find attached a second response letter to your
information request ID3225 from the Head of Counter Pollution and Survey
Branch personally, Mr Stan Woznicki. I hope this response is more suitable
for your purposes and provides the information you are interested in as
accurately as possible.

 

Yours,

Andy Cooper.

 

Gordon C Stalker

Dear DirectorateofMaritimeOperations,
This enquiry is the subject of Case Reference Number FS50828261 submitted on 11th March 2019.

Yours sincerely,

Gordon C Stalker