Ferguson Marine is setting its sights on expanding its participation in the UK’s Type 26 frigate programme.

At a Scottish Parliament’s Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee meeting held on October 24, 2023, David Tydeman, CEO of Ferguson Marine, outlined the shipyard’s strategic goals and addressed concerns regarding current projects and future work prospects.

We previously reported that shipyards, including Ferguson Marine, had been contracted for steelwork fabrication to support the delivery of the Type 26 programme.

This engagement has been part of a broader initiative to create work opportunities across British shipyards. Reflecting on this, Mark Ruskell of the committee inquired about the business impact of past difficulties with specific ferries and whether Ferguson Marine anticipated an influx of work consistent with its current frigate projects.

Tydeman clarified the company’s strategic positioning, “We chose deliberately to position for the work for the frigates… However, frankly, until very recently, all the workforce was fully occupied on the ferries.

Tydeman also responded to Ruskell’s query on potential reputational harm due to past project difficulties, noting the importance of securing confidence from industry leaders like BAE:

The constant media coverage has been difficult. Certainly, getting BAE to place work with us is a morale boost and an indication that it trusts us. We need more of that.

In a related exchange, Jim Fairlie inquired about the BAE contract’s duration and employment impact.

Tydeman responded by advising that the firm will be continuing to tender for BAE work.

On May 19th, a tender was issued by BAE that further highlighted the ongoing efforts to involve British shipyards in the Type 26 programme. The tender signalled plans to award a £500,000 contract for sea transport of blocks and units associated with the programme, expected to begin in October 2023 and continue until May 2024.

The details of the tender emphasised the need for specialised transportation due to the size and weight of the fabricated steelwork.

BAE Systems had also confirmed this collaborative approach when I spoke to them:

We have outsourced steelwork fabrication for a limited number of units to support delivery of the Type 26 programme… Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd have been contracted to supply a total of seven units… The tender will also give us competitive pricing detail for any future shipping transportation contracts required to support the programme, and ensure we continue to deliver value for money.

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George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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Challenger
Challenger (@guest_763552)
7 months ago

Whilst the ferries needed for Scottish island routes remain unfinished???

David Lloyd
David Lloyd (@guest_763558)
7 months ago
Reply to  Challenger

In one of her last acts before the police interviewed her about SNP fraud, Sturgeon ordered more ferries from Turkey. At twice the cost that a British yard could have built them.

Challenger
Challenger (@guest_763561)
7 months ago
Reply to  David Lloyd

Yeah, SNP types have a serious nerve to accuse Westminster of not supporting Scottish shipbuilding!

Cygnet261
Cygnet261 (@guest_763564)
7 months ago
Reply to  David Lloyd

Name the British yards.

David Lloyd
David Lloyd (@guest_763586)
7 months ago
Reply to  Cygnet261

Off the top of my head, docks and shipyards:- 1 A&P TEES LTD 2 A&P FALMOUTH LTD 3 DALES MARINE SERVICES 4 MMS SHIP REPAIR AND DRY DOCK 5 CAMMELL LAIRD SHIPREPAIRERS &SHIPBUILDERS LIMITED 6 DALES MARINE SERVICES LEITH 7 DUNSTON SHIP REPAIRS LTD 8 A&P TYNE LTD 9 BABCOCK Rosyth 10 DALES MARINE – TROON 11 Dales Marine United Kingdom 12 DALES MARINE -GREENOCK 13 UK DOCKS TEESSIDE 14 UK DOCKS TYNESIDE 14 UK DOCKS MASHFORDS 14 HARLAND & WOLFF HEAVY INDUSTRIES LIMITED 17 DALES GRANGEMOUTH SHIP REPAIRS LTD 18 UK DOCKS GOSPORT 19 FERGUSON Marine 20 SWANSEA DRYDOCKS… Read more »

Jim
Jim (@guest_763589)
7 months ago
Reply to  David Lloyd

How many of those have built a ferry this century?

George
George (@guest_763596)
7 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Unnecessary and unpleasant!

FieldLander
FieldLander (@guest_763599)
7 months ago
Reply to  Jim

A truly grown up response. What is the answer?

Cygnet261
Cygnet261 (@guest_763608)
7 months ago
Reply to  FieldLander

Thank you. Most of the mentioned are ship repairers not builders (I happen to live on Greenock and know that Darvel Marine don’t have shipbuilding facilities) So my answer to David Lloyd is, get your arse our of the sand before you post.

Jim
Jim (@guest_763668)
7 months ago
Reply to  Cygnet261

This guys just a troll keeps fallowing me through threads accusing me of s**t I do not say the telling me to stop writing in here.

Ian thomson
Ian thomson (@guest_763600)
7 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Cochrane’s of Selby built at least two ferries for Scotland back in the eighties without any of the crap that is going on at the moment, however they did close down some time ago. The ships they built are still operating.

mark one
mark one (@guest_763667)
7 months ago
Reply to  David Lloyd

Appledore.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli (@guest_763744)
7 months ago
Reply to  David Lloyd

Off the top of your head….?

Crikey mate, that is some knowledge. You’re headed for “Trainspotter” status with lists like that! 😆

Michael Hannah
Michael Hannah (@guest_763783)
7 months ago
Reply to  David Lloyd

Actually it was substantially less. Four ferries in total for less.
Although I agree government work should go to uk yards first out of principal

FieldLander
FieldLander (@guest_763572)
7 months ago

This is the sort of help the Type 26 programme does not need.
What do we think the real ISD is for HMS Glasgow?

DeeBee
DeeBee (@guest_763581)
7 months ago

Anyone know for sure which type of anti-ship missile the Type 26 will be equipped with?

Jonathan
Jonathan (@guest_763594)
7 months ago
Reply to  DeeBee

Nope…something that fits in a mk41 silo, but other than that,,,who knows other than if it’s ready and gets off the ground it will be the Anglo French FC/ASM ( spear5)..if that program fails or is very late we would likely see an interim missile that fitted into the silos, one possibility would be a limited buy block V tomahawk.

Paul42
Paul42 (@guest_763598)
7 months ago
Reply to  DeeBee

VL JSM would do the trick and could be used on Type 26 and Type 31(when it has Mk41 vls fitted), NSM meantime) until such time as the super duper Anglo french jobbie appears. IF it appears that is, otherwise, as as mentioned above, we could be looking at Block V Tomahawk

Jim
Jim (@guest_763670)
7 months ago
Reply to  Paul42

Blk V tomahawk would be great as it could provide an interim anti ship capability and a long range land attack capability. Even once FC/ASW is fully deployed TLAM would still be useful.

Paul T
Paul T (@guest_763601)
7 months ago
Reply to  DeeBee

It will be FC/ASW in 2034,until then an interim Missile could be used like NSM.

Quentin D63
Quentin D63 (@guest_763655)
7 months ago
Reply to  Paul T

Seems like the Aus and Canadian T26s will have cannisted 2*4 NSM on their back upper decks besides their 3/4* MK41s which frees these up for other things like SM/TLAM/LRASMs. The UK could do the same if need be and the room. They’ve all go to be watching each others shopping list for these MK41s! 😁

Jim
Jim (@guest_763672)
7 months ago
Reply to  Quentin D63

Before FC/ASW was announced all the old T26 models showed the same twin quad launchers on the upper deck.

Grinch
Grinch (@guest_763712)
7 months ago
Reply to  Jim

I do not think so.

Jim
Jim (@guest_763669)
7 months ago
Reply to  DeeBee

FC/ASW is being designed for T26 specifically. She might carry NSM as they will be transferable as well however my guess is the 11 sets orders is the exact number needed for 6 T45 and 5 T31 so that is where they will go.

Damian
Damian (@guest_763640)
7 months ago

Dear God NO, cammell Laird should have been awarded the contract

FieldLander
FieldLander (@guest_763680)
7 months ago

This thread appears to have been pruned.

FieldLander
FieldLander (@guest_763816)
7 months ago
Reply to  FieldLander

Yep, definitely pruned. Someone used offensive language, unreasonably, resulting on the remaining part of the thread being deleted, wrong, IMHO. BUt Hey=ho.

John
John (@guest_763682)
7 months ago

Good to see FMEL getting some steel fabrication work from BAE , transporting large units upriver to Govan should not be an issue , there are lots of barges and heavy lift cranes around that can be utilised for this , it’s not a new or difficult means of transport and would enable fabrication of fairly large units , possibly200 /300 tonnes.