In 2021, it is estimated that UK nationals accounted for 16% of the 103,590 seafarers active at sea working for companies within the membership of the UK Chamber of Shipping.
” I recognise the critical nature of completing the ferries for the sake of island communities” Kate Forbes
‘it was a challenge worth taking on’. Kate Forbes, Economy Secretary in the Scottish Government
“The Government needs to apologise to these communities immediately”: Report Highlights Multiple Failures in Ferries Project
“The Audit Scotland Report evidences not just a catalogue of mistakes, but that the wrong choice was actively made time and time again” Rhoda Grant MSP
In 2020 OIC was given an extra £750,000 towards the cost of Nordic Sea which the council had bought at an estimated capital cost of £1,535,000. T
Over 100 Electric Vehicles have now been brought into Orkney through the ReFLEX project.
“While CalMac’s calamities on the west coast have grabbed all the headlines, the situation in Orkney is scarcely less precarious.” Liam McArthur MSP LibDem
Scotland became the first country in the world to commit to a Just Transition Planning Framework.
“We have a record of assisting our island authorities, where possible, with issues such as this. The member will remember that in 2019 we helped to fund the replacement of the MV Golden Mariana.” Graeme Dey Transport Minister
“For us here in Orkney and in the other two islands authorities, this document fails to deliver on the Islands Act. “
Have Scots reverted to the car or will we continue to cycle and walk in greater numbers than before Covid ?