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S5W-12379: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the work that CalMac identified in 2015 as being required, what improvements there have been to (a) the ferry fleet and (b) harbours.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 15 November 2017

Ferry Fleet

Since 2015, improvements to the existing CalMac ferry fleet have been undertaken consisting of upgrades and refurbishments of a value of around £8m. In addition, three new vessels, with a total value of around £55m, have entered service: the MV Loch Seaforth in 2015, the MV Catriona in 2016 and the MV Carvoria in 2017. Furthermore, there are two major dual-fuel vessels currently under construction at Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd (FMEL) in Port Glasgow with a total contract value of £97m.


Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) has responsibility on behalf of the Scottish Ministers for 26 of the ports that CalMac operate from. CMAL undertake on-going inspections and maintenance and repair works to the facilities at these locations which include linkspans, passenger access systems, piers, fenders, electric vehicle charging points and navigation aids. Expenditure by CMAL since 2015 has been around £13.9m.

CMAL have also completed several significant upgrade and redevelopment capital investment projects in this timeframe at ports including Brodick, Gourock, Kennacraig, Lochaline, Port Ellen and Wemyss Bay. CMAL has invested £37.7m on these and other projects, of which £23.7m was in 2016-17.

The Brodick redevelopment project has recently been completed with £30m of public investment from CMAL, Transport Scotland, North Ayrshire Council and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport.

In addition, CMAL have several capital projects on-going or in the pipeline including Colintraive and Rhubodach, Lochranza and Portavadie. They are also investing in network wide CCTV and Wind & Weather monitoring equipment.

Furthermore, there has been around £30m invested in the port infrastructure at the independent ports of Stornoway Port Authority and Ullapool Harbour Trust, the majority of which has been funded by grants from Transport Scotland. These projects were completed in 2015.