Scottish shipyard bosses fear the £250million ferries will never be used amid a series of spiraling serious faults


A catalog of spiraling faults with two ships is at the center of the Scottish ferry fiasco under minister-controlled Ferguson Marine has raised serious concerns among shipyards over whether they will ever see the service.

A damning internal analysis carried out in March by ferry owners and buyers controlled by minister Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited reveals that the number of outstanding faults on ferries fell from 166 before nationalization to 237 in March. Around 65% of them relate to safety, maintainability or specifications requirements.

New internal documents from nationalized shipyard company Ferguson Marine admit a serious risk that CMAL will not accept vessels for ferry operator CalMac’s vital services to Scottish island communities.

CMAL, in the document seen by the Herald on Sunday, criticizes the management systems in place and said the most pressing risk issue was ‘the inability to fully understand the actual remaining work that needs to be completed to deliver each vessel’ .

Ferguson Marine’s April analysis reveals the highest risk issues in five key areas, with new project “non-compliant issues” relating to stability, fuel system. and escape routes.

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As well as further coverage from This Week’s shipyard saga which chronicles the continued delays of the pair of hybrid-fuel ferries to service the Western Isles. Among them is the Isle of Arran on the Firth of Clyde, CalMac’s busiest road.

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