The Scottish government has opened the eighth round of applications for a fund to improve the accessibility of its ferry networks.
The Ferries Accessibility Fund was established to help companies upgrade their vessels and harbours so they can go beyond regulatory standards set for accessibility.
Up to £71,143 is available for bids from the public or private sector, with awards working through a match funding model.
Kevin Stewart, minister for transport, said: “I’m delighted to open the Ferries Accessibility Fund for an eighth round of applications, as it’s proved a hugely successful initiative in recent years.
“The fund has brought tangible improvements across our ferry networks in a wide variety of forms. Previous projects range from the installation of Changing Places facilities on board vessels and the funding of specialist equipment to giving staff training to help with autistic passengers.
“We want ferry and harbour operators to provide the best passenger experience possible, so I encourage any potential bidders to come forward with proposals to improve their services.”
Transport Scotland is responsible for several different ferry networks, with licensed operators offering services in: the West coast and the Clyde Estuary; passenger, vehicle and freight ferry services from the mainland to Orkney and Shetland; and a small service in the Sound of Jura between Craighouse, Jura and Tayvallich on the Knapdale Peninsula.