A debate is to take place on calls to nationalise the lifeline Northlink ferry services to Orkney and Shetland – and include taking the inter-island ferry operations in to public ownership.
Staff on the Northern Isles freight vessels are now being paid at least the UK minimum wage after a new agreement was signed off this week.
The Scottish Government has been warned it must intervene after it was revealed workers on publicly-funded northern isles freight vessels were being paid as little as £3.66 per hour.
It was only days after Martin Dorchester started his new job at Calmac-owner David MacBrayne that the ferry operator lost out on a significant chunk of its business.
Northlink Ferries operator Serco disappointed investors yesterday after it revealed it was not out of difficulties yet.
Northern isles ferry operator Serco NorthLink has finally acknowledged its vessel Hrossey with 500 passengers on board was forced to swerve to avoid colliding with another ship as it approached Kirkwall harbour in thick fog.
Alex Salmond has given an assurance that financial problems suffered by the company behind lifeline ferries to Orkney and Shetland will not affect service.
A ferry company is aiming to build on a discount programme which allows community groups to travel from the northern isles to the mainland at lower cost.
Seumas Campbell, 38, from the Isle of Barra but now lives in Dingwall, explains what a day in the life of a hotel director, on board the MV Hrossey ship for Serco NorthLink Ferries, is like.
Ferry operator Serco NorthLink has confirmed that the company had to deal with five separate incidents of drunken and abusive behaviour on board its ferries in June alone.
The Northern Isles ferry operator has launched an investigation into drunken and abusive behaviour on board a vessel following complaints by one of Scotland's top folk musicians.