NORTH-WEST MPs have called for an apology to be made to families of crew of the ill-fated bulk carrier Derbyshire.
An investigation by a High Court judge cleared the captain and crew of any involvement in the sinking of the 160,000-tonne vessel, owned by Liverpool's Bibby Line.
Though this refuted an earlier finding, no apology has been offered.
When the Derbyshire sank in September 1980 it was biggest BritIsh ship to have been lost at sea. All 42 crew and two of their wives died.
The four-year-old vessel --nearly three times the length of a football pitch and wider than the Titanic --sank after being caught in Typhoon Orchid off the coast of Japan.
Merseyside MP Eddie O'Hara has now tabled a House of Commons motion calling for such a gesture to be made to the victims' families.
"It would cost nothing to make an apology," said the Knowsley North MP.
"I think the if the lessons are learnt that would be a great tribute to the people who died."
Paul Lambert, chairman of the Derbyshire Families Association, said: "It made us very, very angry that the crew were blamed. They can't defend themselves and when you think about it, they're not going to put their own lives as risk," whose 19-year-old brother Peter died in the tragedy.
"It's easy to blame the crew and it puts a lot of pressure on the families. It would be nice if someone just said sorry."
Mr Justice Colman put the blame for the disaster on inadequate hatch covers which bent and buckled...SUPL: