§ Mr. George
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what purpose, and at what cost, his Department has chartered the tanker Maersk Ascension.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
The tanker Maersk Ascension is chartered to provide bulk fuel storage at Ascension Island in lieu of adequate on-shore facilities. The ship is chartered at a rate of £8,100 per day, with an additional £900 per month for crew overtime costs.