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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-17382: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 21 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government when the two dual-fuel ferries ordered by Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd from Ferguson Marine will enter service on Clyde and Hebrides routes operated by Caledonian MacBrayne.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 19 July 2018

Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd (FMEL) have notified Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) of delays to the construction of these new vessels. A revised delivery programme is currently being discussed by FMEL and CMAL. We will inform Parliament when revised timescales have been agreed in the next few weeks.

Following delivery, CalMac Ferries Ltd require around two months for trials and crew familiarisation before each vessel is fully deployed on the Clyde and Hebrides ferry network.