Date lodged: 8 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the publication of its draft Budget, whether it will provide an update on its replacement and investment strategy for vessels on publicly subsidised ferry contracts.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 16 January 2019
High level indicative investment programmes for vessels and harbours were set out in the Ferries Plan 2013-2022 – these were and remain subject to affordability and changing priorities.
The most recent version of the Vessel Replacement and Deployment Plan was published on 31 January 2018. That plan gives an overview of how existing, planned and prospective vessels could be deployed across the Clyde and Hebrides network to deliver the commitments set out in the Scottish Ferries Plan. Work is progressing on an update to the Vessel Replacement and Deployment Plan and this will be published in the near future.