Date lodged: 3 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government when it last discussed the terms of the time charters for MS (a) Helliar and (b) Hildasay with Seatruck.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 16 November 2016
The time charters for the MV Helliar and MV Hildasay are currently a commercial arrangement between Serco Northlink Ferries and Seatruck. The Minister for Transport and the Islands, has however met with the CEO of Seatruck on 10 November 2016, to discuss the issues around staff pay on the freight vessels. Following a constructive meeting, further work will be undertaken by Seatruck and Transport Scotland to try and resolve the current situation.