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Caledonian MacBrayne’s managing director, Martin Dorchester, is remaining in the job.


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 EU.


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 taxpayer.”


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."