Calmac Ferry Contract Woes: ‘Getting Rid Of These Vessels Would Be A Godsend’

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Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd (FMEL) last month launched legal action against Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) in a row over a £97 million contract to build two new dual-fuel ferries for the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service.
Both ships look set to be months behind schedule.

Central to the dispute is the cost of building the two new ferries.
FMEL claims that the operator has demanded hundreds of design changes.
CMAL insists the work is covered by the original contract.

CMAL To Purchase Three Shetland/Orkney Ferries

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A deal has been agreed for the three passenger ferries serving the Northern Isles to be purchased outright by Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) with loan funding from the Scottish Government.

The HAMNAVOE, HROSSEY and HJALTLAND, which have previously been leased from Royal Bank of Scotland, will be taken into CMAL ownership.

Serco NorthLink Ferries will continue to operate the services until 31st October 2019 under the extended contract.

Photo: Northlink Ferries

Hydrogen And Wind Power, A Solution For The Scottish Ferries?

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Hydrogen manufactured by community-owned wind turbines has been proposed for Scotland’s west coast ferries. The Scottish government has awarded funding for a feasibility study.
The project’s partners include CMAL.
Partners are Ferguson Marine shipyard, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and Point and Sandwick Trust, operators of the community-owned Beinn Ghrideag Wind Farm on the Isle of Lewis. The latter is leading the project.

Opening of the newly upgraded Brodick Ferry Terminal postponed

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An official opening ceremony was due to take place on Monday November 27. The new Brodick terminal on the Isle of Arran was expected to be operational and open to the public. However, the new passenger access system has not yet received its final certification, because of a defect relating to the automated door closure on the passenger access system.
The extensive redevelopment project at Brodick Ferry Terminal represents a major investment of around GBP 30 million, led by CMAL.

Photo © Mike Louagie

CMAL sees a growth in ferry demand

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Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) has published the annual report for the year ending on 31 March 2017. CMAL owns the ferries, ports, and infrastructure necessary for vital ferry services serving the West Coast of Scotland and the Clyde Estuary, and is fully owned by the Scottish Government.
In his foreword, Chairman Erik Østergaard sums up the following highlights

  •  £29 million was spent in the construction of new vessels, including the completion of CATRIONA
  • £97 million was spent for the building of two new LNG ferries.
  • There is special project to explore the potential for a hydrogen-fuelled ferry.
  •  As the harbour authority for 26 locations across the west coast of Scotland, CMAL invested £24 million in planned upgrade works at selected harbours, including the flagship project at Brodick Ferry Terminal.
  • In 2016/17, CMAL generated revenue of £35,913,000, compared to £33,549,000 in 2015/16. The increase is mainly due to increased harbour dues and revenue grants.
  •  Pre-tax profits increased from £813,000 to £5,524,000 with increased harbour dues and revenue grants as noted, along with a decrease in administration costs.
  • A tax charge in 2016/17 against a significant tax credit in 2015/16 has resulted in post-tax profit of £3,063,000 compared to £7,869,000 in 2015/16.
  • Demand for ferry services continues to grow, driven in part by the road equivalent tariff (RET), as well as the growing popularity of Scotland’s islands as visitor destinations.
  • A new 90m ro-pax ferry will be ordered in late 2018, for delivery in 2021.

Photo © Mike Louagie

Discover the CMAL newbuildings

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Ferguson Marine, who has been awarded the construction of two dual-fuel ferries for CMAL, has created a very interesting visual presentation of the vessels, including VR (Virtual Reality) options.
The first ferry will be delivered in early 2018, with the second vessel following a few months later.

The ships are designed to carry 127 cars or 16 trucks, or a combination of and up to 1,000 passengers. The new ferries are earmarked for the Ardrossan-Brodick and the Uig Triangle routes, operated by CalMac Ferries Ltd.

Photo: Ferguson Marine