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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12855: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 20 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what the Serco NorthLink dry-docking schedule is for its (a) passenger and (b) freight fleet on the Northern Isles Ferry Service contract, including for charter vessels.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 29 November 2017

The Northern Isles Ferry Service public service contract allows for scheduled unavailability due to the necessary dry docking of all vessels. Dates of recent and future dry-docking for passenger and freight vessels are included within the following table;

a) Ro-Pax Vessels

Vessel

Date

MV Hjaltland

06-02-14 – 19-02-14

MV Hjaltland

08-01-17 – 26-01-17

MV Hrossey

27-02-14 – 14-03-14

MV Hrossey

06-03-17 – 25-03-17

MV Hamnavoe

07-01-14 – 22-01-14

MV Hamnavoe

29-02-16 – 15-03-16

MV Hamnavoe

TBC *

*Date to be confirmed by the operator following confirmation of yard availability.

b) Freight Vessels

Vessel

Date

MV Hildasay

06-05-17 – 18-05-17

MV Helliar

31-10-17 – 29-11-17

Arrangements are made for chartered vessels to provide cover during periods of scheduled unavailability due to the dry docking of vessels.