CalMac fleet vessels, all recorded faults from 2016-present: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/03136  
Date received: 23 October 2018 
Date responded: 28 November 2018
Information requested

All recorded faults, including damage and the total cost of repair, to the following CalMac fleet vessels from 2016-present: 

  • MV Argyle
  • MV Bute
  • MV Caledonian Isles
  • MV Carvoria
  • MV Catriona
  • MV Clansman
  • MV Coruisk
  • MV Finlaggan
  • MV Hallaig
  • MV Hebridean Isles
  • MV Hebrides
  • MV Isle of Arran
  • MV Isle of Cumbrae
  • MV Isle of Lewis
  • MV Isle of Mull
  • MV Loch Alainn
  • MV Loch Bhrusda
  • MV Loch Buie
  • MV Loch Dunvegan
  • MV Loch Fyne
  • MV Loch Linnhe
  • MV Loch Portain
  • MV Loch Ranza
  • MV Loch Riddon
  • MV Loch Seaforth
  • MV Loch Shira
  • MV Loch Striven
  • MV Loch Tarbert
  • MV Lochinvar
  • MV Lochnevis
  • MV Lord of the Isle




We have identified information within the scope of your request which is contained in Annex A to this letter.  While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested because exemptions under Section 12, complying with request will exceed the upper cost limit, and Section 17(1), information is not held by Transport Scotland regarding the cost of repairs, of FOISA apply.  The reasons why this exemption applies are explained below.

Whilst material has been supplied at Annex A.  It is suggested that if you have any requests for further information in this regard, that these are directed to either the operator of the vessels, CalMac Ferries Ltd, or vessels’ owner Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd.


Reasons for not providing information

Section 12 - complying with request will exceed upper cost limit

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the costs of locating, retrieving and providing the information requested would exceed the upper cost limit of £600.  We identified in excess of 1500 documents that would require to be reviewed, not knowing if they would contain details of any information applicable to your request. Under section 12 of FOISA public authorities are not required to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying would exceed the upper cost limit, which is currently set at £600 by Regulations made under section 12.

You may also find it helpful to look at the Scottish Information Commissioner’s ‘Tips for requesting information under FOI and the EIRs’ on his website at:

Section 17(1) - the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested  

The Scottish Government does not have the information regarding cost of repair that you have asked for.  The Scottish Government is hold this information as it is the responsibility of the operator, in this case CalMac Ferries Ltd.  

It is therefore recommended that you contact them direct if you require further information.


About FOI

The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at
foi-18-03136 Annex A


Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit 
Phone: 0300 244 4000 

The Scottish Government 
St Andrew's House 
Regent Road 

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