Task Force on LA Ferry Fleet Replacement - meeting with Orkney Islands Council (OIC) - minutes - 9 November 2023
Shona Robison, Deputy First Minister and Minister for Finance
Fiona Hyslop MSP, Minister for Transport
Cllr James Stockan, Leader of OIC
Cllr Heather Woodbridge, Depute Leader of OIC
Oliver Reid, Chief Executive of OIC
Gareth Waterson, Director of Enterprise & Sustainable Regeneration, OIC
Roddy Macdonald, TS Director of Ferries
Derek Glover, SG Finance
Kerry Twyman, TS Director of Finance
Official, TS Head of Ferries Policy
Official, TS Finance
Official, TS Ferries Policy
Agreement in principle to funding towards development of business case. OIC to explore procurement options and revise cost estimates.
ZEVI experimental ferry project was discussed. Not a priority for Orkney Islands Council but could provide additional capacity and inform future fleet replacement options.
Request for operating costs funding to be considered through budget processes.
Discussion of role for UK Government. It was agreed that OIC and Scottish Government should jointly approach UK Government and TS/SG officials would agree a coordinated approach in proposing a tripartite meeting with UKG (SG/OIC/UKG).
Discussion on MV Nordic Sea not being as suitable as initially envisaged as a replacement for the MV Golden Mariana fully. However the vessel is being utilised for specific routes, primarily as a relief vessel . Orkney exploring the purchase of replacement vessel.
Discussion of the group’s Remit. Officials to revise to reflect longer term commitment to the group.