Tavish on ETV announcement

The Northern Isles need a permanent salvage tug not constant uncertainty says Shetland MSP Tavish Scott. The UK Government announced last night that the ETV based in Kirkwall will have a 6 month stay of execution. Tavish Scott is saying that the Northern Isles need a permanent solution rather constant uncertainty.

Tavish Scott said, "There is nothing like an election to concentrate the mind of a government. So this 6 month extension to the Emergency Towing Vessel contract looks like a response to that. Instead of short term fixes Shetland needs a government who believe in a permanent solution. Shetland depends on a pristine marine environment. The seafood industry is valued at £350 million. That is massively important for Shetland and the wider UK economy. So I want the UK Government to spend the next few months working out a permanent contract for the salvage tug based in our waters. We need an end to sticking plaster policy that is the hallmark of this government."

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