Caledonian MacBrayne is a ferry company
They run a rather large number of services on the west coast of Scotland, from services operating out of their head office
on the river Clyde
to six hour crossings to the Hebrides
and other strange places
Caledonian MacBrayne is a publicly funded
company, which means that it doesn't exist
to make a profit
- and its director
reports to the Scottish Executive
It's an amazingly inefficient
company, and runs at a huge loss
From personal experience
of working there, I'd say it's a surprise
it's managed to operate
for this long.
And under European
laws, the government
to open all of the crossings that Caledonian MacBrayne run
. This means that the company is, in a word, buggered.
The current expectation
is that some larger company like P&O
will take over most of the routes, but as of December 2000, no one had a clue what was going on.