Date lodged: 15 November 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what the schedule is for repairing its fleet of marine protection vessels.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 23 November 2017
Traditionally, Marine Scotland Compliance vessels entered dry dock every year in order to carry out all statutory surveys, along with hull cleaning and painting.
Following the introduction of advanced high performance anti-fouling hull paint it is now possible and cost effective for the vessels to enter dry dock every two years for this work. All statutory surveys which are required to be performed are still carried out annually on the Compliance vessels, during a shorter lay up period which is proving to be a large saving for Marine Scotland.