CalMac staff are up for trio of awards

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

TEAMS at Cale­do­nian MacBrayne have been nom­i­nated for three awards the Scot­tish Trans­port Awards to be held to­day (Thurs­day) in Glas­gow.

TEAMS at Cale­do­nian MacBrayne have been re­warded for their ef­forts with three short­listed nom­i­na­tions for the Scot­tish Trans­port Awards.

The awards, which will be held to­day (Thurs­day) in Glas­gow, recog­nise en­deav­our and com­mit­ment across the trans­port sec­tor.

CalMac has been short­listed for pub­lic trans­port op­er­a­tor of the year, for Ex­cel­lence in Innovation and Technology and for front­line em­ployee of the year.

The front­line em­ployee nom­i­na­tion recog­nises the ded­i­cated work of 23-yearold Demi Wylie, who works in cus­tomer ser­vices, in the face of a dif­fi­cult pe­riod of industrial ac­tion last year.

With much dis­rup­tion across the net­work ex­pected, Demi be­came aware of seven is­land wed­dings which were in jeop­ardy and seven pairs of dis­tressed brides and grooms. She took it upon herself and a small team to be­come the sin­gle li­ai­son point for all those in­volved and skil­fully worked with the cou­ples to make sure their spe­cial days were not de­railed.

Her in­ter­ven­tions, de­ter­mi­na­tion, per­se­ver­ance and hard work paid off in some very dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances – and all travel plans for more than 600 guests were ex­am­ined and al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments put in place to en­sure that each happy cou­ple’s spe­cial day was able to go ahead with­out a hitch.

Demi spent hours talk­ing to the brides and grooms, re­as­sur­ing them, working with them and un­der­stand­ing their is­sues. And, once she had put all the lo­gis­ti­cal ar­range­ments in place, she and her team also found time to source ex­tra spe­cial gifts for each cou­ple with hand­made prod­ucts from the is­land they had cho­sen for their wed­ding.

Mean­while, else­where in the com­pany, a team of tech­ni­cal staff, led by pro­ject man­ager John Gray, has been im­ple­ment­ing a hi-tech sys­tem to re­duce green­house gas emis­sions on board all 10 of CalMac’s ma­jor ves­sels.

Known as Pro­ject Eco­ship, the in­stal­la­tion of fuel mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems on the large ships is ex­pected to re­duce the re­lease of harm­ful gases by a target of two per cent – equiv­a­lent to 1,800 tonnes of car­bon diox­ide each year, 4,285,714 miles driven by an av­er­age pas­sen­ger car, or 645 tonnes of waste sent to land­fill.

CalMac is the first ferry com­pany in the UK to im­ple­ment this over a ma­jor part of its fleet. For this vi­sion­ary ap­proach, the com­pany has re­ceived its Ex­cel­lence in Innovation and Technology nom­i­na­tion.

‘I couldn’t be more proud of CalMac staff right across the net­work,’ said man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Martin Dorchester.

‘All of th­ese nom­i­na­tions, whether for an in­di­vid­ual or a small team, recog­nise sig­nif­i­cant work and sup­port across all ar­eas of the busi­ness and we are lucky to have ex­cep­tional peo­ple who al­ways rise to the oc­ca­sion.

‘De­spite some dif­fi­cult times last year, as well as un­cer­tainty in light of the ten­der process for the new Clyde and He­brides Ferry Ser­vice con­tract, CalMac’s peo­ple have re­mained stal­warts through­out. I thor­oughly com­mend and thank them all.’

Demi Wylie worked tire­lessly to make sure seven is­land wed­dings went ahead as planned.

The en­gi­neer­ing teams have been nom­i­nated for re­duc­ing green­house gases.

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