Date lodged: 9 November 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether a passenger vessel will be allocated to the Stromness-Scrabster route when MV Hamnavoe is on refit in 2019.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 21 November 2018
The MV Hamnavoe will be unavailable for five days in January whilst the vessel undergoes an essential period of dry dock. Using their best endeavours, the operator, Serco NorthLink Ferries, has searched the open market for a replacement passenger vessel. However due to the scarcity of available tonnage and the unique vessel and port configurations, a like for like replacement is not available. Consequently, a freight vessel will provide relief cover for freight traffic during this short period.