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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04000: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 24 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will list the anticipated (a) passenger carrying and (b) crew capacity for each new ferry scheduled to enter service on Clyde and Hebrides routes during the current contract.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 7 November 2016

The two new LNG dual fuel vessels currently under construction are being designed to carry up to 1000 passengers. The number of passengers carried will vary according to the route the vessel is deployed on and time of year, i.e. summer or winter timetables. It is anticipated that over the life of the vessel passenger carryings will continue to increase.

Crewing numbers are a matter for the operator in accordance with regulatory requirements.

There will be 30 cabins for officers and crew and 2 cadet cabins on each vessel.