Date lodged: 16 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether it has been advised of any issues regarding (a) the bow thruster and (b) other equipment on the Ardrossan-Arran ferry, which are impacting on the craft's seaworthiness and its ability to operate its route and, if so, what action it is taking.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 7 March 2018
The MV Caledonian Isles is the current vessel on the Arran route. The operator made Scottish Government aware that both of its bow thrusters separately failed in early February 2018.
CalMac Ferries Ltd. confirmed that these failures, whilst regrettable, did not pose a safety issue. Following assessment, the operator implemented control measures to mitigate any additional risks identified. The operator notified the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Lloyd's Register of Shipping classification society. Both were content for the vessel to remain in service. In both instances the vessel was repaired and the vessel is fully operational.
Transport Scotland officials meet regularly with the operator to discuss matters relating to the operation of the Clyde and Hebrides Public Service contract.