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S5W-12861: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 20 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what the (a) condition and (b) status is of each of Transport Scotland’s operational harbour assets, and when an inspection was last carried out by Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd in each case.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 5 December 2017

A comprehensive Port Asset condition survey was carried out at all of Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd’s (CMAL) harbour assets during 2015-16. This process is comprehensive and considers all of the structures, both above and below the waterline, and also the other assets, such as, marshalling areas and buildings.

A full Port Asset condition survey is one of a number of tools that are used to ensure the safety and functionality of the facilities under CMAL’s ownership. In addition, CMAL and CalMac (as the ferry service operator) have a regular local inspection, reporting regime and maintenance programme in place at each harbour asset to ensure a safe and serviceable operating facility. All of this is defined within the Harbour Operating Agreement which is in place between CMAL and CalMac.

CMAL have a programme of work in place that details the upgrades and repairs that will be required to ensure that the port facilities remain safe and operational.