Date lodged: 19 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of its decision to cancel the Gourock-Dunoon ferry tender process and proceed with a direct award to CalMac, what steps will be taken by Transport Scotland to ensure that the Altmark requirements will be met.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 16 January 2019
The responsibility for operating a passenger-only ferry service between the town centres in Gourock and Dunoon is being transferred to CalMac, under provisions set out in their current contract for the Clyde and Hebrides ferry services.
The Clyde and Hebrides ferry services contract is, and will continue to be, rigorously managed on an on-going basis to ensure compliance with all applicable law, including satisfying the Altmark criteria.