Tender documents in respect of the Gourock-Dunoon ferry service were issued to the following shortlisted bidders on 18 February 2011:
Clyde Marine Ltd
Cowal Ferries Ltd
Highland and Universal Securities Ltd
Western Ferries (Clyde) Ltd.
One bidder, Highland and Universal Securities Ltd, has since withdrawn from the tendering process. The closing date for receipt of tenders is 28 March 2011. A contract will be in place by 30 June 2011 for a new town-centre to town-centre Gourock-Dunoon ferry service.