CalMac confirms renewal of Alicat contract
Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne has confirmed that the Red Funnel Group has been successful in tendering for the provision of peak time passenger only services on the Gourock to Dunoon service. The service is currently provided by Red Funnel's MV Alicat. The extension of their existing contract will begin on April 3, 2006 and run for 12 months.
CalMac has confirmed that six companies expressed an interest in providing the passenger only aspect of the route at key times. Three of the six companies did not pursue their interests and an invitation to tender was issued to three companies: Red Funnel, Western Ferries and Clyde Marine Services Ltd on January 17.
Technical and commercial factors were taken into account into the assessment of the bids finally submitted, including factors such as price, company background and financial viability; operator experience, vessel suitability and availability, crewing arrangements and acceptance of contract terms.
CalMac's Operations Director Phil Preston said: "The tender received from Red Funnel best met the requirements for the service and is accepted on operational grounds. MV Alicat has proven to be reliable on this service and
can meet the timetable as required. The contract will be let for 12 months and is renewable thereafter by agreement. The contract also allows for termination in the event that CalMac ceases to operate the Gourock to Dunoon service."