August 18, 2005
UK shuts down fast ferry operation
Britain's Maritime and Coast Guard Agency (MCA) says that earlier today it withdrew the ISM Document of Compliance and Safety Management Certificates from the Wightlink Fast Ferries:
"Removal of these certificates will result in the immediate suspension of services on these ferries," says the announcement. "The reason for the withdrawal is the consideration that the company is unable to operate these vessels without creating a risk of serious danger to safety of life and property without undertaking further corrective measures. The concerns have come to the attention of the Agency as a result of investigation into a recent incident."
The action does not affect the services of the Wightlink's ro-ro ferries.
Passengers who are booked on the affected fast craft are advised to contact the company directly or the travel agent from whom they booked their tickets.
The MCA has advised Wightlink of its decision and has asked that the company contact it to discuss proposals in order to restore the withdrawn certificates.