Strong financial returns for CalMac

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Innovation and dedication have led to a successful year for the UK’s largest ferry operator.

Transport and logistics operator David MacBrayne Ltd, which operates CalMac Ferries, has seen an increasing number of passengers visiting the Scottish isles.

For the first time, CalMac carried more than 5.6 million passengers and more than 1.4 million vehicles as part of yet another year on year increase.

‘I am delighted to report on a very successful last financial year, in what has been a very challenging working environment,’ said DML chief executive Duncan Mackison.

‘Increased passenger volumes, combined with a higher number of sailings that we have been tasked with carrying out, are placing more and more pressure on our services.

‘It is testament to the innovative approaches, skill and dedication of our staff that we can deliver an increase in profit on what is a highly specified and detailed contract to deliver ferry services across the west coast. ‘

The company remains committed to creating opportunities for young people. Over the past two years the number of Modern Apprentices employed has doubled to 23. More than 90 per cent of the Modern Apprentices live on the islands supported by CalMac and in the last year every single apprentice secured full time employment, demonstrating our commitment to local employment.

The launch of a new Community Fund was also a highlight last year. The Fund, which offers support to groups working with young people in the company’s area of operation, has significantly increased support to charities and events going on across the west coast.