Date lodged: 3 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd on the provision of publicly owned vessels to meet (a) passenger and (b) freight capacity requirements for Northern Isles ferry services.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 14 November 2016
A comprehensive study of the Northern Isles Ferry Services is currently being conducted. This study will inform the specification for the next contract and includes consideration of passenger and freight vessel requirements.
On 4 November Transport Scotland asked Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd to conduct a search on the worldwide maritime market to assess the scale of suitable and available freight vessels. The outcome of this search will inform freight vessel options and the specification for the procurement of the next Northern Isles Ferry Services contract.