Shetland’s lifeline ferry services will be re-tendered following an announcement made today in Holyrood by the Scottish Transport Minister. The new contract must be in place by October 2019.
Speaking today in the Scottish Parliament Shetland MSP Tavish Scott said,
“The uncertainty over our lifeline ferry services has now ended. The Scottish Government have taken the right decision. Serco Northlink have proved both adaptable and flexible in meeting the needs of passengers and Shetland’s economy. They have particularly recognised the need to ensure Shetland’s £300 million seafood industry can always export to Aberdeen with minimum disruption.
“I want to ensure the new specification for the service meets island needs. The Minister has promised to discuss these vital details with industry, the council and other interested parties. There are concerns over capacity. When RET is finally introduced there will be greater pressure on space aboard the ships, both on the vehicle deck and for cabins. The new service must above all meet island needs. That is what it is there to do.”