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SHETLAND ISLANDS COUNCIL KEPT QUIET ON FERRY DANGERS

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Shetland islands council kept a report on problems with its inter- islands ferries service secret for 18 months bec...
Shetland islands council kept a report on problems with its inter- islands ferries service secret for 18 months because councillors feared it would close the service, reports the Scotsman (p1).

Andrea Manson, chairwoman of the islands council's marine operations committee, admitted that the report had been kept secret while faults were corrected. The paper quotes criticisms of 'unsatisfactory and substandard practices' and low safety standards. 34 recommendations were made for urgent action.

The council says that many of the faults have now been fixed, and that the service is no longer dangerous.
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