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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-06279: Liam Kerr (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 18 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the condition of the fleet of ferries owned by the Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd and their performance standards, and when individual ferries are due to be renewed.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 26 January 2017

Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) a public body are established by the Scottish Ministers to provide safe, reliable, efficient and cost effective vessels for operators, communities and users in and around Scotland. CMAL employ qualified technical staff and it is therefore appropriate for them to undertake assessments and ascertain the condition of the fleet of vessels.

In terms of fleet renewal, the Vessel Replacement and Deployment Plan (VR&DP) – Annual Report 2015, published in December 2016, summarises the outputs of work by Transport Scotland, CMAL and CalMac Ferries Ltd to develop a programme of vessel retentions, cascades, acquisitions and disposals in order to deliver the Ministerial commitments set out in the Scottish Ferry Services: Ferries Plan (2013-2022)

The VR&DP is available on the Transport Scotland website.

The output of the first VR&DP annual report (2014) resulted in the procurement of two new major vessels by CMAL which are currently under construction by Clyde shipbuilder Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd. It also modelled an indicative program for a further 4 new major vessels to replace vessels approaching the end of their working life. Since 2011, 5 new vessels have been introduced to the Clyde & Hebrides Ferry Service network.