CalMac head resigns

2024-04-14T15:01:48+00:00 April 14th, 2024|Appointments|

Scottish ferry company, Caledonian MacBrayne’s (CalMac) CEO Robbie Drummond has stepped down with immediate effect.

CalMac said that the Board takes the responsibility of delivering the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service (CHFS) contract extremely seriously.

It recognises, that the island communities served by CalMac have faced real challenges over this past year. These challenges are likely set to continue until new vessels are introduced to the fleet over the coming years.

In this context, the Board wanted to strengthen the focus further on operational performance of an ageing fleet, resilience and enhanced dialogue and responsiveness with the customers and the communities CalMac serves.

As a consequence, the Board reviewed the Executive Leadership of the organisation to ensure that it is best placed to achieve that during some challenging years ahead.

Duncan Mackison, former CEO of CalMac Holding Co, David MacBrayne, has been appointed interim CEO until a permanent successor comes on board.

Mackison has more than 25 years experience in senior executive roles at Managing Director and CEO level responsible for the delivery of complex outsourced service contracts to government and local government customers in a variety of sectors, including transport, defence, property and technology.

He has significant experience in leading service transformation and change working for companies, such as G4S, Serco, Buccleuch Group David Macbrayne and Biffa, with responsibility for annual contract income values up to £400 mill and staff numbers up to 5,000.

An RMT transport union spokesperson said: “This is a concerning development for our CalMac members and only comes a week after the sacking of the head of publicly owned Ferguson Marine.

“We cannot tolerate any more instability. The (Scottish) Cabinet Secretary for Transport must take this opportunity to announce an extension of the existing Clyde and Hebrides ferry service contract and directly award it to CalMac,” the spokesperson said.

Meanwhile earlier this week, a second long-delayed 3,000 gt, 102 m long CalMac ferry, ‘Glen Rosa’, (pictured) was launched at the nationalised Ferguson’s shipyard in Port Glasgow on the River Clyde.

She will now require more than a year of fitting out work at the quayside before she is delivered.

‘Glen Rosa’ and her sistership, ‘Glen Sannox’ are the first LNG dual-fuel ships built in the UK, capable of switching between LNG and marine diesel oil (MDO).

They have faced significant design challenges, resulting in repeated delays and extra costs, while sending the shipyard into administration.

Former Ferguson Marine head, David Tydeman – who was sacked by the company’s Board a fortnight ago – had earlier said that the shipyard had ‘captured’ the learning from ‘Glen Sannox’, and her construction was far less problematic.