Date lodged: 9 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what stage it has reached in its discussions with the Royal Bank of Scotland regarding the leasing arrangements for the (a) Hrossey, (b) Hjaltland and (c) Hamnavoe passenger ferries deployed on the Northern Isles Ferry Service contract, and whether it will commit to making savings from revised leasing arrangements for these vessels as part of (i) the existing and (ii) any future contracts.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 23 February 2017
The existing and legally binding lease agreements for the three Royal Bank of Scotland vessels are due to expire on 25 April 2018. The current public service contract is due to expire on the same date.
The Scottish Government is presently engaged and will continue dialogue with the Royal Bank of Scotland regarding arrangements to secure the long term use of the vessels ensuring best value for the public purse.