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First Minister of Scotland Dragged into CalMac £200m Ferry Fiasco

6th February 2020
Workers Afloat adds at the west Scottish shipyard, Fergusan Marine at Port Glasgow which is building the new hybrid (CalMac) ferries. The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is seen at the last yard on the Clyde during a visit yesterday to reveal that the firm is the preferred tenderer for a &pou Workers Afloat adds at the west Scottish shipyard, Fergusan Marine at Port Glasgow which is building the new hybrid (CalMac) ferries. The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is seen at the last yard on the Clyde during a visit yesterday to reveal that the firm is the preferred tenderer for a &pou Photo: The Herald -facebook

The First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon announced the price of a disastrous contract for a pair of CalMac ferries before it was finalised, MSPs have heard.

As The Herald reports, the billionaire Jim McColl said the First Minister publicly declared the price-tag was £97m while his Ferguson Marine shipyard and the state ferry firm Caledonian Marine Assets Ltd (CMAL) were still haggling over the cost.

For more on this ongoing saga of the Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) powered sisters click here

Afloat adds the pair of duel-fuelled ferries destined for Western Isles service include the Isle of Arran on the Forth of Clyde.

In addition BBC News Scotland has more and asked the question: Why are we building gas-powered ships?

 

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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