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S5W-12853: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 20 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government when it was informed by (a) the UK Government and (b) Streamline Shipping regarding the withdrawal of private maritime freight capacity between the mainland and the Northern Isles.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 29 November 2017

The Scottish Government was not informed by the UK Government of Streamline Shipping Group’s commercial decision to cease the operation of the MV Daroja. Streamline Shipping Group advised the Scottish Government of its decision to likely withdraw the MV Daroja on 8 June 2017, thereafter relying wholly on the subsidised ferry services provided under contract by Serco NorthLink Ferries. Leading up to, and following this decision, Transport Scotland officials have been in dialogue with representatives of Streamline Shipping Group and Serco NorthLink Ferries.