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S5W-16252: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 30 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what the annual cost of maintaining the Caledonian MacBrayne fleet has been in each year since 2010.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 29 May 2018

As the vessel owners, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) undertake statutory upgrades to the CalMac fleet. Details on the levels of recent investment are detailed in the following table for years 2010 to 2018:-




















£3.0m (Estimate)

For future years CMAL have an annual statutory upgrade budget of £3m. From time to time there are changes in legislation which require statutory upgrades to the vessels. In addition, there are also other upgrades that are agreed with the vessel owners which will enhance or benefit the asset.

In addition to the monies invested by CMAL, CalMac have confirmed the undernoted levels of investment in maintenance of the CalMac fleet in financial years ending between March 2010 and March 2017.

Financial year ending

Maintenance investments (excl. owner upgrades) £m


March 2010


March 2011


March 2012


March 2013


March 2014


March 2015


March 2016


March 2017


CalMac’s future programme of maintenance work is subject to change according to the vessels maintenance programme. In general terms the level of planned work will be broadly comparable to recent years. The level of work can vary due to planned variations in workscope and there will be an element of reactive maintenance work as a result of inspections and survey. During the course of day to day operations, there will also be unplanned breakdown maintenance which is included in the cost of maintenance of the fleet.