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Both passenger numbers and revenue increased over the past year for ferry operator David MacBrayne (DML), according to the company’s annual report and accounts.

The firm posted a £4.8 million profit before tax in 2017, reversing a loss of nearly £5 last year.


Total revenue was £195 million, five million pounds up on 2016.


Last year DML carried more than 5.3 million passengers, an increase of 300,000, and nearly 1.4 million vehicles.


DML has a fleet of 35 vessels servicing 26 islands and mainland locations through CalMac Ferries Ltd and Argyll Ferries Ltd.


‘This has been another successful year for us, the highlight undoubtedly being successfully securing the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service contract for another eight years,’ said DML chairman David McGibbon.


‘The period covers the last six months of our old Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service contract and the first six months of the new one. I’m delighted that thanks to efficiencies outlined in the our contract bid we are starting out how we mean to go on, in profit.’

As part of the bid CalMac Ferries agreed to implement more than 350 service improvements.


‘Many of our service improvements have already been delivered, such as the rollout of wireless broadband across all vessels and ports, and passengers will be able to see many more as the contract progresses,’ said Mr McGibbon.


The company - through its joint venture Solent Gateway -  has now successfully completed its first year operating Marchwood Military Port in Hampshire on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.





Profitable year for David MacBrayne ferry company

18 December 2017