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Ferguson Marine Engineering launch ground-breaking new vessel

Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited (“FMEL”) has announced the successful launch of the MV Glen Sannox from the Ferguson shipyard in Port Glasgow by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, on 21st November.

This environmentally-friendly, vehicle passenger ferry is the first of two vessels which are the first LNG fuelled ferries designed and constructed in the UK, demonstrating Ferguson’s cutting-edge design and building capabilities.

Construction on the 102m ferry started in 2016 with delivery to the customer, Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (“CMAL”), scheduled to take place in the winter of 2018/19. MV Glen Sannox which is planned to be operated on the Ardrossan to Brodick route will be able to transport up to 1,000 passengers and up to 127 cars.  

Gerry Marshall, Chief Executive of FMEL said: “Today is another landmark in the rebirth of Fergusons after Clyde Blowers Capital bought the assets out of administration in 2014. Since then, significant investment has been made in the yard, capabilities and skills. 

“The successful launch of MV Glen Sannox is further confirmation of the vast capabilities we can now offer in Port Glasgow. I would like to thank all our workforce and subcontractors for their significant efforts in ensuring the successful launch and their commitment to ensuring we continue to develop the company into a world leading shipbuilding and marine engineering business.

I would like to thank CMAL for their continued support and confidence in what we are seeking to achieve in Port Glasgow. We share an ambition to innovate in ferry design and technology and hope the successful launch is a further step in cementing our relationship for the future.”

Jim McColl, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Clyde Blowers Capital said: “The successful launch of the MV Glen Sannox marks an important milestone in Ferguson Marine’s journey to becoming a world-class shipyard. As this is the first ferry in the UK capable of being run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and marine gas oil, not only has this been an extremely exciting and ambitious project for both FMEL and CMAL, but it has been an extremely complex one as well.

“FMEL and CMAL have worked closely together on the highly challenging engineering issues arising from the unique nature of the dual fuel ferry project. The experience and knowledge gained during this project will be of enormous benefit to the competitiveness of Scottish shipbuilding in the future as technology continues to develop to meet tightening clean energy legislation.”