Ferry pro­cure­ment panel gives project green light

The Oban Times - - News -

THE first re­port from the In­de­pen­dent Pro­cure­ment Ref­er­ence Panel has said that the first stage of the ten­der process for the con­tract to op­er­ate the Clyde and He­brides Ferry Ser­vices (CHFS) was fair, open and trans­par­ent.

The panel was set up to pro­vide as­sur­ances that noth­ing was be­ing done in the pro­cure­ment that could be per­ceived as dis­crim­i­nat­ing against either of the bid­ders, Serco and Cale­do­nian MacBrayne.

The panel con­sists of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the fol­low­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions: Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar, Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil, North Ayr­shire Coun­cil High­land Coun­cil, Scot­tish Coun­cil for De­vel­op­ment and Industry, Scot­tish Tourism Al­liance, Ul­lapool Har­bour Trust, Scot­tish Trades Union Congress, Na­tional Farm­ers Union Scot­land, Mo­bil­ity Ac­cess Com­mit­tee Scot­land, Tiree Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, Is­lay and Jura Ferry Com­mit­tee, Isle of Mull and Iona Ferry Com­mit­tee, and Ar­ran Ferry Com­mit­tee.

CalMac is cur­rently the op­er­a­tor of the UK’s largest ferry net­work and last year the net­work car­ried 4.65 mil­lion pas­sen­gers.

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