CalMac beats off competition to scoop £900 million contract
Fri 26 Aug 2016 by Rebecca Moore
Scottish ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac Ferries) has scooped a £900 million (US$1.189 billion) contract to continue operating the Clyde and Hebrides Ferries Network – and part of the deal is to deliver harbour operations.
State-owned CalMac beat off competition from Serco Caledonian Ferries Limited to win the eight-year contract, which was awarded by the Scottish government's Transport Scotland and starts on 1 October this year.
The separate, but linked contract will see it deliver harbour operations at 24 ports on behalf of Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) – this is the first time that ferry and harbour operations have been split in this way.
CMAL managing director Martin Dorchester said: "Now the contracts have been signed we can start to share information with staff and customers about our ambitious plans to transform the experience of ferry travellers during the lifetime of the contract."