Caledonian MacBrayne’s managing director, Martin Dorchester, is remaining in the
He was brought in to fight off a challenge from Serco for the west coast ferry routes
and announced he was moving after winning the contract last year.
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However, more restructuring of the shipping firm is on the horizon after the Scottish
Government said it intended to keep ferry services in-house in future following the
A review has been set up to examine how the Teckal exemption would apply in Scotland.
The current Dunoon ferry tendering exercise has been suspended for nine months.
Retendering of Serco-run Orkney and Shetland services is expected to be postponed
from its spring start date.
Mr Dorchester said: “Having discussed the challenges and opportunities presented
by this review with the David Macbrayne board and with the transport minister, I
have taken the decision to stay in my current post and lead the organisation through
this new chapter.
“I am excited by the opportunities presented by this review and very much look forward
to continuing to work with my team and with all of our stakeholders to secure the
best possible results for our employees, passengers and communities, as well as the
David McGibbon, chairman of David MacBrayne Ltd, said. "The board is delighted that
Martin will stay to lead the group throughout what will be an important period. His
experience, knowledge and leadership skills will be of great value."