Ferries ‘in crisis’ after Pentland steps back – MSP

The MV Pentalina was on berthing trials in Oban recently.

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Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has backed demands from residents of Mull and Iona for urgent action to resolve the ‘ferry crisis’.

The Mull and Iona Ferry Committee has written to transport minister Graeme Dey to demand a resolution.

It follows the sudden announcement by Pentland Ferries to withdraw from talks with CalMac over the possible use of the MV Pentalina catamaran to serve as a back-up.

Mr Cameron, of the opposition Conservatives, said the situation was ‘affecting communities from the Western Isles to Kintyre’.

He said: ‘The plea from the Mull and Iona Ferry Committee is yet another cry for help from a beleaguered community which has seen its lifeline ferry service drastically deteriorate.

‘All these communities get in response from SNP ministers and their agencies is delay and the promise of more meetings and consultations.

‘The committee has raised very serious concerns about what led to the withdrawal of Pentland Ferries from the discussions. They should be urgently investigated.’