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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-04456: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

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.