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Delayed Scottish Isles Ferries on Track to Be Delivered for CalMac in 2023, Business Minister Confirms

7th September 2022
File photo of first newbuild MV Glen Sannox, one of a pair of dual-fuel ferries originally due to be completed in 2018 but have been delayed with delivery to CalMac expected during 2023.
File photo of first newbuild MV Glen Sannox, one of a pair of dual-fuel ferries originally due to be completed in 2018 but have been delayed with delivery to CalMac expected during 2023. Credit: The National-facebook

A pair of delayed ferries at the centre of a Scottish Government shipyard row are still on track to be delivered during 2023.

Business Minister Ivan McKee confirmed the MV Glen Sannox and the as-yet-unnamed Hull 802 still have a completion date target of May 2023 and December 2023 respectively.

The vessels were originally due to be completed in 2018.

Following the award of the contract to the Ferguson Marine shipyard in 2015, the construction of the two CalMac ferries was plagued with delays and the shipyard nationalised.

For more The National reports on the dual-fuel ferries under construction by the Port Glasgow shipyard to serve the Arran route on the Clyde and also between Uig and Harris and North Ust.

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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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