January 9, 2020

Economy Secretary Derek Mackay has given an update to Parliament on the Ferguson Marine shipyard which has now been taken into public ownership. Two ships are ‘under construction’ for domestic Scottish CMAL routes.

The additional cost to complete the two ferries is now estimated to be between £94.8 million to £98.8 million which includes the management and operation costs of the yard.

The estimated delivery window for GLEN SANNOX, which will operate on the Ardrossan to Brodick route, is October to December 2021.

The second vessel, which will operate on the Uig to Tarbert and Lochmaddy route, is expected between July and October 2022.

The contract for the vessels had an original value of £97 million with anticipated delivery of mid-2018.

A confidential (but public) report [external link to the 44-page report] notes that the ferries are at risk of being overweight and that the first ship is expected to be below contract speed when delivered.