Date lodged: 24 September 2018
To ask the Scottish Government when it will tender the next Northern Isles Ferry Services contract.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 25 September 2018
The Contract Notice for the Northern Isles Ferry Services was submitted today for publication on Public Contracts Scotland and in the Official Journal of the European Union. This is the first step in taking forward the competition for the next Northern Isles Ferry Services contract. The Contract Notice invites potential operators to provide evidence of their suitability to participate in the tender for the public service contract to operate the ferry services for a period of up to eight years, effective from 31 October 2019.