Give your views on future demand for the Ferry and Coastal Shipping Service

Work has started on a Demand Study for ferry and coastal shipping services. This work is the first step in helping to understand the demand for ferry services and costal shipping that the Islands are likely to face in the coming years.

We are asking the community to put forward their views on future needs for ferry and coastal shipping services via an online survey. The survey is split into three sections which relate to ferry services, island shipping services and the Fox Bay consolidation service.  These surveys will be available until Friday 5 February 2021 and should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. Please complete surveys for all the services that are relevant to you.

If you would prefer a paper copy of a survey, or to complete the survey over the telephone, please contact Darren Christie on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 52811.

To encourage participation in the survey, FIG is offering an overnight stay for two people in the Malvina House Hotel, which includes dinner, two cinema tickets and breakfast.  The winner will be randomly selected from participants in the survey.  Survey submissions are anonymous, with details on how to enter the prize draw provided at the end of the survey.

The second stage will involve a number of workshops in Stanley and on West Falkland. Phone consultations with outer Islands will also be arranged. These are likely to be held in February 2021 and will follow on from the information collected from the online surveys. Further information about the workshops will be advertised nearer the time.

The information gained from the demand study will help to inform FIG decision making around the next stages of work to assess the options for ferry and coastal shipping services beyond the current contract, which ends in 2025.

It is important to note that the demand study is not intended to be a review of the current service operated by Workboat Services Ltd, and where questions relate to the current service the intention is simply to understand what current demand, long-term trends and bottlenecks might be in order to consider what changes may improve use of the service, and best meet users’ needs in future.