'Under the statutory procedures covering marine accidents I am required to consult those whose reputations may be adversely affected by my report into a marine accident.
'This procedure is essential to ensure fairness and to allow those involved to comment on the accuracy of my findings.
'Until I have had an opportunity to consider any comments I receive from the individuals concerned my report cannot be finalised.
'The draft report on the SEA EMPRESS has been circulated in confidence under these procedures. I very much regret that this confidence has not been honoured.
'It is unfair to those involved with the incident to assume that any material said to come from the draft will, in fact, represent the eventual findings and recommendations of my final report.'