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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02647: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 13 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government which vessels in the CalMac fleet will be due for replacement during the period of the next contract for Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 21 September 2016

The Vessel Replacement and Deployment Plan (VRDP) – Annual Report 2014, published in October 2015, summarises the outputs of work by Transport Scotland, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) and CalMac to develop a programme of vessel retentions, cascades, acquisitions and disposals in order to deliver the Ministerial commitments set out in the 2012 Ferries Plan.

The Plan is available on the Transport Scotland website

The initial output of the VRDP was the procurement of two new major vessels by CMAL from Clyde shipbuilder Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd.

The VRDP foresaw a further 4 new major vessel procurements in the period to 2025, subject to funding availability. An updated Plan will be published shortly.