Further delay

Ferries will take three years to complete says Ferguson

Glen Sannox

The Glen Sannox awaiting remedial work

Ferguson Marine says it will be three years before the two ferries ordered by state-owned CMAL are completed.

The new dateline appears in tender documents for £6 million of cabling on MV Glen Sannox which is in dry dock in Greenock for remedial work.

The ferries for operator CalMac were supposed to have been finished years ago but the £97m project ran into major trouble and has since more than doubled in price.

It led to a major dispute between Ferguson and CMAL, the state-owned ferry firm that procured the ships.

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The yard, which was run by engineering tycoon Jim McColl, plunged into administration and last year was nationalised.

Earlier this week – almost three years after she was launched – Glen Sannox was towed to the Dales Marine yard in Greenock for £400,000-worth of work including the replacement of her bulbous bow.

Contractors are now being invited to bid for electrical cabling work.

A target for completing Glen Sannox by the end of this year has already been pushed back because of the Covid-19 shutdown. Hopes of completing the second vessel by October 2022 has also slipped.

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