Date lodged: 24 July 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what the (a) capital and (b) operational costs will be of the CalMac Kerrera-Oban ferry service in each of the next five years.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 15 August 2017
The Kerrera ferry route transferred into the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service (CHFS) network on 1 July 2017. It was previously operated by Kerrera Ferry Ltd as an independent service, and had been supported through grant aid support from Transport Scotland since March 2013.
The route is now operated by CalMac Ferries Ltd as one of the routes covered by the current Clyde & Hebrides Ferry Services public service contract.
There are two one-off capital projects involved in the transfer. A replacement 12 metre long vessel has been commissioned by Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd in a £200,000 project. Provision of permanent facilities to provide essential crew and customer welfare is currently under consideration by Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd, at a likely cost of around £250,000 to £300,000.
Going forward, CalMac Ferries Ltd’s on-going operating costs for the route will form a component within the CHFS contract. No definitive figure is currently available for the future operational costs associated with the Kerrera ferry service.