Ferguson shipyard places contracts worth GB£15m

'MV Glen Sannox'‘MV Glen Sannox’, one of the dual-fuel Caledonian MacBrayne ferries being built at Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) Ltd. Photo: Ferguson Marine

Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) Limited has placed three contracts worth over GB£15m with Scottish companies to continue progress with the completion of two dual fuel vessels to operate on CalMac routes on the west coast of Scotland.

The three contracts include supply of electrical and control equipment by Wartsila’s Scottish subsidiary, Wartsila Ships Electronics Services; outfit of the passenger areas of the vessels by Greenock-based Blu Marine; and manufacture of pipework by Babcock, Dales Marine and McEvoy Engineering.

Tim Hair, turnaround director at Ferguson Marine, said: “With these new contracts in place, we can press ahead with the work to bring the dual fuel vessels to completion. We estimate that, combined, more than 200 jobs will be created or secured in the supply chain through these contracts.”

Additional contracts in the coming weeks are worth a combined total of over GB£10m. Among the contracts are work for electrical installation; engineering design support for Hull 802; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning installation; and fire alarm and suppression systems.

The Ferguson Marine shipyard in Port Glasgow was taken into public ownership and renamed in December after going into administration in August 2019.

Ferguson’s procurement team has spent the past six months managing supplier contracts to bring some supply contracts from the previous shipyard owner across to the new company and to put new contracts in place.

The requirements and costs are covered in the turnaround director’s report, which was published in December 2019. The report identified a need for more than GB£40m of materials and subcontracted outfitting, which is included in the GB£110.3m additional cost to complete the construction of

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