Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has warned that there is "no end in sight" to the timetable for re-tendering Orkney’s lifeline shipping contract, after the Transport Minister today announced a delay to the Scottish Government’s review of ferry procurement contracts.
The policy review, announced in February this year, was originally planned to finish in the autumn.
Following the announcement, Mr McArthur said:
“The Scottish Government appears to be suggesting that there will be a further delay in re-tendering Orkney’s lifeline shipping contract but there is no clarity about the extent of that delay. This internal government exercise has already lasted 5 months with still no end in sight.
"I have therefore written to the Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf asking him to set out in more detail his revised timetable.
“Mr Yousaf does at least recognise that Orkney and Shetland have a different perspective from the west coast but I am not sure that a Calmac/RMT service run by civil servants in Edinburgh will produce a better service for Orkney and Shetland. The sooner we have clarity, the better for all involved.”