23rd September 2018
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Hardly fit for purpose (Erik Young)

For some it may be heartening that our transport minister is taking an interest in our “lifeline service”.

I, however, find it ironic that he chose (?) to travel by plane to Shetland to have discussions about discussions – as is a politician’s wont.

There was precious little discussion prior to the present off-the-peg, Baltic style puddle jumpers that were foisted on us.

So here again our Holyrood/Scottish government will have no experience or first-hand knowledge of the Aberdeen-Shetland sea voyage.

I recall reading in a women’s magazine (my wife thought it merited my attention) an article regarding women at sea. The lady in question is the world-travelled master of a cruise ship, but at one time had been third mate with P&O.

When asked about the worst seas she had encountered, she replied: Aberdeen to Lerwick, between Fair Isle and Sumburgh.

My point is that what is required, come 2018 or whenever, are ships capable of carrying passengers and cargo alike, but more especially, designed for the conditions in which they will operate.

Erik Young
42 Breiwick Road,
Lerwick.

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