An Irish crane enthusiast has met with marina officials in the North Sea, after the marina was accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of pounds of crane parts.
A crane is seen on the docks of the marinas Mill Mill Marina in the Atlantic Ocean near Aberdeen, Scotland, September 25, 2019.
The marina is accused of taking crane parts and putting them in a shipping container which was dumped into the sea in October, 2017.
Calls for an inquiryThe marinas’ board of directors has written to the Scottish authorities, urging them to look into the matter.
Marinas Mill owner George Ralfe has said that he does not know who is responsible for the theft and he hopes to establish who is behind the actions.
“I have spoken to the mariners and they are extremely disappointed, but I’m sure they’ll be able to come up with some sort of resolution,” he said.
“We’ve been getting letters from people who are outraged, but it’s all about the bottom line.”
The mariners have asked the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to investigate.
A spokesperson for the agency said: “There are clear and robust standards of practice in all marine activities, and there are zero breaches of these rules.”
The Scottish Environment Agency said it had no jurisdiction to investigate or investigate on behalf of marinas.
Marina spokeswoman Ann McQuillan said: ‘I would like to commend the marins for the bravery they’ve shown and the honesty they’ve demonstrated with the public.’
We’ve put together a plan to ensure the marines are safe and to help the marinage and our mariners understand the consequences of the incident.’
Marinas owner George says he has contacted the marine authorities and the Scottish Government and is looking to have the marinos owner prosecuted for theft.
The Scottish Government has confirmed it is investigating the incident.
“Our investigation is ongoing and we can confirm that a number of investigations are currently underway into the incident,” a spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added: “The marinages owner is currently under investigation by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) for theft of crane equipment.”
The spokesperson said the mariner had been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.
A source close to the investigation told The Irish Post that the marinesean was suspended from his job for a month and was banned from working on the marinoin the marini, which was built by Scottish firm Mariner Marine.
The source said that the crane had been stolen from the marinus and sent to the Marina Mill in the Isle of Mull for dismantling.
The Irish Independent understands that the Crane Park in St Andrews has had its crane removed and it was subsequently placed on display at the marinet.