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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-18165: Alasdair Allan (Na h-Eileanan an Iar)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 10 August 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what lessons will be learned from the recent breakdown of MV Loch Seaforth in terms of the ability of Calmac’s fleet to cope with the breakdown of one or more major vessels.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 7 September 2018

The vessel lost propulsion power and switched to her emergency generator before proceeding to Stornoway at 11 knots, accompanied by an RNLI escort.

Following her arrival in port, both engines were checked and CalMac crew completed a repair to the vessel followed by sea trials so that the vessel could return to full service. The Maritime & Coastguard Agency and Lloyd’s Register were both informed and following sea trials both organisations gave their approval, later on the evening of 8 August, for the vessel to sail.

CalMac are undertaking a technical assessment into the recent breakdown of the MV Loch Seaforth and will apply any lessons learned to improve the future resilience of the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services.