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To ask the Scottish Government how many cancellations there have been on Caledonian MacBrayne's (a) Kennacraig/Islay and (b) Oban/Colonsay route in 2015, broken down by reason for cancellation and compared with (a) 2012, (b) 2013 and (c) 2014.


Answered by Derek Mackay (16/09/2015):

The following tables detail the number of sailings cancelled on CalMac Ferries Ltd’s (a) Kennacraig/Islay and (b) Oban/Colonsay routes so far in 2015, broken down by reason for cancellation and compared with the same period in (a) 2012, (b) 2013 and (c) 2014.

Kennacraig to Islay

January to August each year

Cancelled sailing

2012

2013

2014

2015

Total

Adverse weather

8

41

37

73

159

Mechanical problems (ship)

12

19

64

23

118

Vessel redeployed

10

 

29

10

39

Substitute vessel (annual overhaul)

 

 

 

18

18

Industrial dispute

 

 

 

15

15

Ship involved in emergency

 

2

 

 

2

All others

 

 

 

1

1

Ship out of position

 

 

 

1

1

Cancelled sailing total

30

62

130

141

363

Cancelled after relief events

12

6

30

29

77

Scheduled sailings

1773

1852

1872

1885

7382

% Cancelled

1.69%

3.35%

6.94%

7.48%

4.92%

% Cancelled after relief events

0.68%

0.32%

1.60%

1.54%

1.04%

 

Oban to Colonsay

January to August each year

Cancelled sailing

2012

2013

2014

2015

Total

Adverse weather

6

15

14

18

53

Industrial dispute

 

 

 

4

4

Mechanical problems (ship)

 

 

 

3

3

Medical emergency

 

2

 

 

2

Cancelled sailing total

6

17

14

25

62

Cancelled after relief events

0

0

0

7

7

Scheduled sailings

256

255

256

257

1024

% Cancelled

2.34%

6.67%

5.47%

9.73%

6.05%

% Cancelled after relief events

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

2.72%

0.68%

Under the terms of the public services contract between Scottish Ministers and CalMac Ferries Limited, performance deductions are imposed when scheduled sailings are cancelled or delayed, when not covered by relief events. Late arrivals and departures, due to adverse weather are classed as relief events.

The Merchant Shipping (Master’s Discretion) Regulations 1997 gives the master of any ship sole responsibility for deciding whether in his or her professional judgement it is safe to sail. It is a criminal offence for the owner, charterer or manager of a ship, i.e. CalMac Ferries Limited, or any other person to prevent or restrict the master from exercising that judgement.


Current Status: Answered by Derek Mackay on 16/09/2015
 
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