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Ferguson Marine has launched formal legal action against Caledonian Marime Assets Ltd (CMAL) over the £97 million two ferry contract, which includes the new Arran boat.
CMAL confirmed to the Banner that they had received a compensation claim from the Port Glasgow yard which is understood to run to some 600 pages.
A spokesperson for CMAL said: ‘We have received compensation claim documentation from Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited (FMEL) and passed it to our lawyers, who are reviewing the contents in detail. We will respond directly to FMEL when our analysis is completed.’
How this will affect the delivery of the contract remains to be seen. A statement had been expected last month on a revised timetable for the completion of the much delayed MV Glen Sannox, but there has been no word from either side as yet.
The contract has been hit with spiralling costs and significant delays yard owner Jim McColl estimating that the final bill of the contract could run over budget by as much as £50m.
The delays have been blamed on CMAL requesting changes to the original proposed design, which Ferguson claim amount to 600. These include the design of the propellers, the ultimate overall length of the ship, and even the much hailed dual fuel capability.
It has been reported that the ferries while first designed to run on both diesel and liquefied natural gas, however, according to reports, the gas option has since been ruled out as the routes are not suitable for such fuel.
Mr McColl was quoted in December as saying: ‘You would normally expect a lot of design development work to be done prior to a specification going out, but when the specification went out for these vessels, with hindsight there wasn’t enough detailed work done.’
Ferguson Marine did not respond to our request for a comment.
A photograph of the MV Glen Sannox at the Ferguson yard taken less than a month ago. NO_B07ferry01