Why has the Orkney Ferries fleet not been replaced?
The Orkney Islands Council (OIC) and the Scottish Government (SG) have been arguing about replacing Orkney Ferries fleet for ages. The OIC, for financial or political reasons, want the SG to fund it. The SG cannot build ferries at a reasonable price, even after bailing out a shipyard to complete a contract. In the meantime, Orkney residents put up with old and failing vessels.
It’s time to get this sorted.
Catamarans could solve this problem. They’re cheaper to build, can carry more cargo for the same length and are cheaper to run. Various financial models can help the authorities’ budgets. Orkney is a world leader in many areas. A modern fleet of catamarans powered by renewable energy would enhance our reputation on the world stage.
Professor Alf Baird describes the solution.
In March this year (2020), Alf Baird gave a presentation to the Orkney branch of the SNP. It impressed us so much we asked him to record it so everybody in Orkney can see the benefits.