Supplementary Notes to Questions (P 39A)
Thank you for the transcript copy of the evidence
submitted by Keith Clark and myself to the Transport Sub Committe.
(i) I would take this opportunity to add
by way of a footnote to my evidence in response to Mr Bennett's
question on the Pilotage Act 1987; page 29, Question 272 as follows:
"In this respect a very serious omission
from the Act concerns the exemption from Pilotage for Commanders
of Trinity House Buoy Tenders. Prior to the 1987 Act all Commanders
were exempt from Pilotage in English and Welsh Ports. This is
essential as many of our Aids to Navigation lie within the Pilotage
Areas of Ports and wrecks-which we are responsible for marking-are
sometimes located within these limits. It is sometimes imperative
for us to be able to reach buoys or other Aids to Navigation in
an emergency, eg to attend or replace a buoy which has been accidentally
damaged. In these circumstances it is, in our view, quite wrong
and compromises safety, for Trinity House to be required to seek
to obtain and pay for pilotage exemption certificates, or to have
to reach the casualty by an alternative route outside the ports'
pilotage jurisdiction. We would request that Trinity House Commanders'
historic exemption from Pilotage is restored to enable us to attend
and deal with such incidents effectively and efficiently in the
interests of safety."
(ii) I would also wish to add by way of footnote
to my evidence on page 29, Question 273 that:
"In particular continuity and co-ordination
between Ports, and especially Vessel Traffic Service centres,
is sadly lacking and most essential to give the mariner a seamless
communication and guidance service around our coasts. It is currently
unco-ordinated and thoroughly disjointed. VTS on the continent
is a very "joined-up" system and should be available
(iii) Finally the Chairman asked us to comment
on the European Commission's proposed Directive on port services.
We hope it is convenient for the Committee if we respond upon
these proposals separately by way of written Memorandum. At this
stage I would simply advise that the Directive concentrates exclusively
upon Market Access to Port Services. Although port services include
technical nautical services (including pilotage, towage and mooring)
these are restricted to services offered within port limits and
are therefore outside the jurisdiction of Trinity House. We will
however comment upon the Commission's proposals as requested and
intend to do so by way of written Memorandum by the end of this
week. I hope this is acceptable to the Committee.
Captain Duncan Glass
26 March 2001