Ministers accused

Building ferries abroad ‘is hammer blow’ to Scots yards

CalMac ferry

Two new ferries will be built overseas

Scottish government ministers have been accused of a failure of industrial strategy after it was revealed that two ferries for the islands will be built overseas.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) has invited bids for the contract to build the vessels for Islay.

The four yards on the shortlist are Damen Shipyard in Romania, Remontowa Shipbuilding in Poland, and Turkish shipyards Sefine Denizcilik Tersanecilik Turizm, and Cemre Marin Endustri. 

Each submission was assessed rigorously against technical and financial criteria. The shortlisted shipyards will now submit their technical and commercial proposals for the design and construction of the two vessels.

Scottish Labour transport spokesperson Neil Bibby said:  “This news will come as a hammer-blow to Scotland’s shipbuilders and demonstrates the SNP’s complete lack of an industrial strategy.

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