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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12851: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 20 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment has been made of the additional annual (a) revenue and (b) freight traffic on Northern Isles Ferry Services that could result from Streamline Shipping’s decision to release the MV Daroja from charter on routes between Aberdeen and Kirkwall and Lerwick.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 29 November 2017

A full appraisal of the revenue and freight traffic will be conducted at the end of the current contract year. This is normal procedure in line with the Northern Isles Ferry Services public service contract. This includes freight carryings and information from all customers, including Streamline Shipping Group. This and other detailed information is discussed by Transport Scotland officials and Serco NorthLink Ferries during monthly contract management meetings. Serco NorthLink Ferries also routinely present freight analysis direct to the industry and to various public forums.