The shipyard responsible for building two new ferries, one of which will serve the Uig triangle route, has named companies who have won further work on the much-delayed contract.
The first of two dual-fuel ferries being built for Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) for use by CalMac on the Hebrides and Arran routes is moving onto a new phase of fit-out work.
MV Glen Sannox returned to the Ferguson Marine’s Port Glasgow shipyard early in September, after extensive remedial work needed in dry-dock to repair problems caused by the long delays in her construction.
Now Ferguson have awarded £15 million worth of contracts for pipework, electrical work and passenger area fit-out. Among those winning the contracts are Blu Marine, who also have contracts for ferry companies P&O, Stena and DFDS.
Further work has been awarded to Dales Marine, who completed the dry-dock repairs to the Glen Sannox at their Greenock yard, and McEvoy Engineering has won a contract for pipework on the vessel.
Ferguson says that 200 jobs will be secured by the new contracts, while a further £10 million in contracts will be awarded in the next few weeks.
Tim Hair, turnaround director at Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) Ltd, said: “Following a period of uncertainty due to Covid-19, it has been really gratifying to see our team return to outdoor working on MV Glen Sannox.
“We’ve made some solid strides forward over the last few weeks on MV Glen Sannox and have slightly extended the dry dock period to take advantage of the stability of the vessel whilst stationed there to carry out some additional tasks.
“Now that the ferry has been brought up to its current condition and has returned to our shipyard, the next steps will include work on the superstructure, electrical work and the installation of approximately 16km of pipework.”
The Uig triangle ferry, which will serve Tarbert and Lochmaddy, is still currently known only as Hull 802. A report on the progress and impact of Covid-19 on the programme for vessels 801 and 802 was presented to the Scottish Parliament on 25 August.
Ferguson say that the cost of the project to deliver the ferries remains unchanged at £110.3m, but due to the yard being forced to close for three months and on restricted working for at least a further three months, MV Glen Sannox is now due for delivery between April 2022 and June 2022.
Work on Hull 802 and her potential future completion to serve the Western Isles route is expected to follow Glen Sannox’s commissioning for service.
The picture shows Glen Sannox as she entered the water from the Ferguson Marine slipway on 21 November 2017 (Ferguson Marine).