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To ask the Scottish Government whether it will ask Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd to reconsider the length specification for two new ferries for the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services, as this would restrict their usage on a number routes, including those to Islay and Mull.


Answered by Derek Mackay (10/06/2015):

The length of a vessel directly affects its capacity to carry vehicles. Following a detailed demand led analysis, carrying capacity is seen as the primary constraint on a large number of routes, and has thus informed the proposed specification for the new vessels. Shorter vessels would severely restrict the available carrying capacity, particularly for freight traffic.

For any new vessel procurement exercise, the length of vessels will be fully considered, either in terms of vessel design or for any necessary port modification requirements.


Current Status: Answered by Derek Mackay on 10/06/2015
 
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