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Ship Safety Design And Freak Waves

EDM number 77 in 2002-03, proposed by Edward O'Hara on 13/11/2002.

That this House views with concern the regular loss of between 100 and 200 ships together with 700 seafarers at sea each year; regrets that there is no adequate system for determining the causes of the loss of ships at sea; notes however that an estimated 40 per cent. of bulk carrier losses are caused by water ingress; welcomes the decision of the International Association of Classification Societies to adopt URS21 as an increased requirement for hatch cover strength of bulk carriers built since 1998 but has concerns both about the failure to impose this standard on older vessels and about the fact that URS21 does not take account of freak, steep elevated waves which often hit ships off the beam and which are estimated to cause 30 per cent. of shipping losses; notes that the velocity of such waves, which can increase by a factor of two at the breaking crest, is such as to indicate the need for considerable further strengthening of superstructures, bridge windows, deck fittings and covers and coamings of forward, midships and aft deck hatches; welcomes therefore the initiation of MAXWAVE, an EU research project involving the Meteorological Office and 10 European research organisations to study and identify the sea conditions in which such rogue waves develop; and calls upon Her Majesty's Government to press the IACS to enforce ship safety standards, including survival design, adequate to withstand conditions identified by this research, and to impose stringent docking conditions in UK ports against vessels which do not meet these standards.

This motion has been signed by a total of 49 MPs.

Edward O'Hara13/11/2002Knowsley SouthLabourProposed
Brian Iddon13/11/2002Bolton South EastLabourSigned
Joe Benton13/11/2002BootleLabourSigned
Peter Kilfoyle13/11/2002Liverpool, WaltonLabourSigned
Louise Ellman13/11/2002Liverpool, RiversideLabour Co-operativeSigned
Terry Davis14/11/2002Birmingham, Hodge HillLabourSigned
Andrew George14/11/2002St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
Desmond Turner14/11/2002Brighton, KemptownLabourSigned
Robert Wareing14/11/2002Liverpool, West DerbyLabourSigned
Tom Cox18/11/2002TootingLabourSigned
Mark Lazarowicz19/11/2002Edinburgh North & LeithLabour Co-operativeSigned
Mike Hancock19/11/2002Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Win Griffiths19/11/2002BridgendLabourSigned
Alan Meale19/11/2002MansfieldLabourSigned
John McDonnell19/11/2002Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
Paul Keetch19/11/2002HerefordLiberal DemocratSigned
Lindsay Hoyle19/11/2002ChorleyLabourSigned
Bob Spink19/11/2002Castle PointConservativeSigned
Roy Beggs20/11/2002East AntrimUUPSigned
Harry Barnes20/11/2002North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
Ian Davidson20/11/2002Glasgow, PollokLabour Co-operativeSigned
Jeremy Corbyn20/11/2002Islington NorthLabourSigned
Martin Caton20/11/2002GowerLabourSigned
Terry Lewis20/11/2002WorsleyLabourSigned
Lady Hermon20/11/2002North DownUUPSigned
Martin Smyth20/11/2002Belfast SouthUUPSigned
Dennis Skinner20/11/2002BolsoverLabourSigned
Alan Simpson20/11/2002Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell20/11/2002Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Eric Illsley21/11/2002Barnsley CentralLabourSigned
Michael Clapham21/11/2002Barnsley West & PenistoneLabourSigned
Andrew Dismore21/11/2002HendonLabourSigned
Adrian Bailey21/11/2002West Bromwich WestLabour Co-operativeSigned
Joan Walley21/11/2002Stoke-on-Trent NorthLabourSigned
Ann Cryer25/11/2002KeighleyLabourSigned
Rudi Vis25/11/2002Finchley & Golders GreenLabourSigned
David Borrow25/11/2002South RibbleLabourSigned
Syd Rapson25/11/2002Portsmouth NorthLabourSigned
Gwyn Prosser25/11/2002DoverLabourSigned
Elfyn Llwyd26/11/2002Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSigned
Tony Colman28/11/2002PutneyLabourSigned
Betty Williams28/11/2002ConwyLabourSigned
John Barrett02/12/2002Edinburgh WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Alistair Carmichael03/12/2002Orkney & ShetlandLiberal DemocratSigned
Peter Pike04/12/2002BurnleyLabourSigned
Bill Etherington05/12/2002Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Nigel Jones16/12/2002CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Kevin McNamara16/12/2002Kingston upon Hull NorthLabourSigned
Jeff Ennis17/12/2002Barnsley East & MexboroughLabourSigned

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