Ferguson Marine say ferry-constructing is “back again on observe” right after four yrs of delay

NATIONALISED shipbuilders Ferguson Maritime insist that hopes of ending Scotland’s £230m lifeline ferry developing fiasco on monitor just after finishing a important section of a large restore career.

It comes soon after Jim McColl, the former operator of the now nationalised Ferguson Marine called for the intervention of the auditor normal as ministers skipped a key deadline to produce an investigation of the debacle.

Operate on the problematic bulbous bow on MV Glen Sannox destined for the Arran to Ardrossan route and presently virtually 4 a long time powering schedule has been completed after being moved down the Clyde to Greenock.

And Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) Ltd hailed the growth as an indicator that the venture is “having again on monitor.”

Ferguson Marine collapsed last summer season owing a lot more than £49m to the Scottish governing administration, and it was finally taken into general public possession whilst the ferry building charges far more than doubled from an authentic £97m.

The Scottish Govt-owned Ferguson Marine explained the transfer to fix the MV Glenn Sannox as a “key phase to completion” of the two it and a next vessel, recognized only as Hull 802, which was meant to be sent to Calmac in the initial half of 2018 for use in the Uig-Lochmaddy-Tarbert triangle. It is also around 4 yrs guiding agenda.


Turnaround director, Tim Hair stated “The removal of the mis-made bulbous bow marks a different major landmark in our recovery programme for the dual gasoline vessels.

“The journey to having them to completion has not been with no its frustrations, but this most up-to-date milestone is yet another indicator that the project is having back on track.

“Like all organizations globally, we had been impacted by even more delays this calendar year thanks to Covid-19. Now, with more than 50% of our workforce back again at the yard, operating in line with govt guidance and function on the two ferries scheduled to ramp up this Autumn, I am confident in the development we are producing and optimistic for the future of the shipyard.”

Ferguson Maritime collapsed final summer time owing additional than £49m to the Scottish govt, and it was eventually taken into community possession.

In 2017, just before the formal launch of the MV Glen Sannox, the bulbous bow was turned down by maritime classification modern society Lloyds Sign-up.

Ferguson Marine suggests that uring inspection, the surveyor explained the producing procedure unsuccessful to meet up with International Affiliation of Classification Culture (IACS) building criteria.

It described the alternative of the bulbous bow as a “important section” of MV Glen Sannox’s current programme of remediation operate which also consists of the set up of deck home windows, paint and coating mend, hull cleaning, pipework modification and more.


MV Glen Sannox is scheduled to return to the Ferguson shipyard at the finish of August.

Financial system secretary Fiona Hyslop and Mr Wheelhouse are due to appear prior to the rural financial state and connectivity committee when it resumes its investigation into the controversial ferry contract on August 26.

But it was confirmed there is a delay in the development report more than the ferries in letter from Mr Wheelhouse to the committee convener, Conservative Highlands and Islands location MSP Edward Mountain.