St Helena : St Helena: EXCO REPORT: 3 SEPTEMBER 2013
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Gavin Yon) 08.09.2013 (Article Archived on 06.10.2013)
EXCO REPORT: 3 SEPTEMBER 2013
REPORT: 3 SEPTEMBER 2013
ExCo met in a special closed
session this morning to consider one agenda item. This was a paper to examine a
‘slow steaming’ proposal for the RMS St Helena. The meeting was in closed
session as confidential commercial information was discussed.
Slow steaming is the deliberate
slowing of a ship in order to save on fuel costs. In the case of the RMS slow
steaming would add one day to the voyage between Cape Town and St Helena and
would lead to one voyage per year being cancelled.
While slow steaming would provide
savings to the fuel bill the additional day would impact negatively on
returning Saints, tourism and medical referrals – potentially leading to a loss
of investment opportunities.
Recognising that St Helena Line
has a responsibility to look for savings Executive Council unanimously agreed
that slow steaming should not be introduced for the RMS St Helena.
3 September 2013