The “Mull & Iona Ferry Committee” is a group representing the users of Scottish lifeline ferry services.
They have been working hard to convince CMAL and Transport Scotland to investigate a soon available catamaran (under construction) and buy it for the Craignure-Oban service.
However, the vessel needs be approved by the Maritime Coastguard Agency. And that creates a problem. Transport Scotland ‘lack sufficient confidence’ that the catamaran on offer will gain approval from MCA, and so they will not negotiate a purchase.
On the other side, the sellers insist that it can pass the MCA, but the only way to ultimately find out is put it through formal assessment.
The users’ committee successfully launched a crowdfunding campaign to pay for the MCA approval study.