Scottish Government owned Ferguson Marine shipyard has missed out on an order to build two new ferries for Scottish Government ferry procurement agency CMAL.
The four shipyards invited to submit detailed tenders are based in Poland, Romania and Turkey.
The new ships will be the first major order by CMAL, which procures vessels for CalMac, since MV Glen Sannox and her unnamed sister ‘Hull 802’, which are still under construction at the Ferguson shipyard.
The BBC report here that Glen Sannox is currently due to be delivered in the second half of next year, more than four years late, with the two ships costing the taxpayer more than double the original contract price. Additionally, “problems with the earlier order dragged the yard back into administration in 2019 and since then it has been wholly-owned by the Scottish government, which also owns CMAL and CalMac”.
Ferguson Marine had earlier joined a group of defence contractors bidding for the new £1.25 billion Type 31e general purpose light frigate programme, due to delays with the two vessels they’re building they are no longer able to take part and instead the new frigates will be built entirely at Rosyth.
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The first steel for the troubled MV Glen Sannox was cut on the 7th April 2016 and Glen Sannox was launched on 21 November 2017 by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
In 2018, new Cabinet Secretary for Transport Michael Matheson said it had been confirmed that the ship was to be delivered in June 2019, followed by two months of crew familiarisation and sea trials.
Further dispute over the contract overrun led to the shipyard going into administration and being nationalised by the Scottish Government. A report produced after nationalisation indicated that Glen Sannox should be handed over to CMAL in the last quarter of 2021 and that completing the two ferries is likely to increase the total cost to over £207M.
In 2020, Ferguson Marine contracted with International Contract Engineering, a marine design consultant, to revise the design and outfitting of Glen Sannox in advance of her eventual delivery.