Tavish Scott MSP has called for the Marine Accident Investigation Branch to look into a near miss in Kirkwall when the northern isles ferry Hrossey was forced to swerve to avoid hitting another vessel.
The operator Serco NorthLink took 6 days to confirm there had indeed been an incident on the night of July 3rd after passengers went on social media to report the incident.
On calling for an investigation into the incident Scott said:
"Lerwick Port Authority have a radar recording system. This can be used if a marine accident needs to be investigated. I understand that Orkney Islands Council have the same as the harbour authority for Kirkwall Bay. As people in Orkney are worried by this as Shetland I hope the council will now initiate an enquiry into why the Hrossey had to take avoiding action last Friday. We know from the MIAB response to my letter that they consider what happened to be hazardous. That shows how serious it was. A constituent told me this week that he was onboard. He has had a lifetime at sea in large ships. He says there is no doubt that the Hrossey had to heal hard to starboard to avoid hitting the emergency towing vessel. He also said no announcement was made to passengers explaining what had happened. That is just not acceptable. Serco Northlink have to come clean on what happened. OIC should investigate as the responsible harbour authority. The people of the North Isles deserve no less than a factual account of what happened."
Local media outlet Shetland News have covered the incident on their website