Humza Yousaf is facing a grilling from MSPs amid a row over the rising repair costs of Scotland’s ageing ferries.
On Thursday it was revealed that the repair bill for CalMac’s fleet has surpassed £100m in the last five years.
A freedom of information request by the Scottish Liberal Democrats showed the cost of repairs came in at £106,562,000 in total.
The bill was £26.5m for 2022/23 alone.
That comes after the Scottish Government admitted that the second ferry being built at the nationalised Ferguson Marine shipyard in Port Glasgow is so over budget it would be cheaper to build a brand new vessel.
Economy minister Neil Gray told Holyrood this week the ferry had been deemed “poor value for money”.
The unnamed 802 vessel, along with the 801 Glen Sannox, is facing multiple delays and is three times over budget.