Date lodged: 20 November 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what assurances it has received from Serco NorthLink regarding the capacity of roll-on roll-off maritime freight services between the mainland and the Northern Isles over winter 2017-18.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 29 November 2017
Since 2012 Serco NorthLink Ferries has effectively managed freight services to and from the Northern Isles in line with the Northern Isles Ferry Services public service contract. The operator provides Transport Scotland officials with regular detailed capacity analysis based on previous carryings. Serco NorthLink Ferries also present Transport Scotland with forecast volumes and performance updates on the capacity of its freight services during monthly contract management meetings, with recent meetings focussing on winter 2017-18 operations.