About the Inquiry
The Committee agreed to hold an inquiry into construction and procurement of ferry vessels in Scotland at its meeting on 30 October 2019.
The remit of the inquiry is to identify and address current and future challenges and opportunities in the procurement of new vessels to support Scotland’s ferries network.
As part of the inquiry, the Committee will consider the updated timetable and costs associated with the completion of two new hybrid ferries to serve the Clyde and Hebrides ferries network, set out in the Ferguson Marine Programme Review Board report, which was published by the Scottish Government on 18 December 2019.
The Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work made a statement on Ferguson Marine in the Chamber on 18 December 2019.
The Committee will take oral evidence on the inquiry on the following dates:
22 January 2020 - Evidence session with Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) Ltd. Programme Review Board and Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) Ltd. Turnaround Director
29 January 2020 - Evidence session with ferry experts and representatives of community/ferry user groups
5 February 2020 - Evidence session with former Independent Adviser to the Scottish Government on shipbuilding
5 February 2020 - Evidence session with Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited former management
26 February 2020 - Evidence session with representatives of CMAL (Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited)
4 March 2020 - Evidence session with Transport Scotland officials
4 March 2020 - Evidence session with David MacBrayne Ltd and CalMac Ferries Ltd
11 March 2020 - Evidence session with the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Work
11 March 2020 - Evidence session with the Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands
Please note, the above dates and witnesses can be subject to change.
A call for evidence was published on 20 December 2019 which closed on 7 Februray 2020.
Previous correspondence the Committee has received in relation to the construction and procurement of ferry vessels in Scotland is available here.