Greenock firm to outfit ferry passenger areas

The upstairs observation lounge on the MV Glen Sannox.

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Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) Ltd has placed three contracts worth over £15 million with Scottish companies to continue progress with the completion of the new Arran ferry, MV Glen Sannox, and her sister ship Hull 802.

Bosses at the government owned yard in Port Glasgow say the requirements and costs are covered in Turnaround Director Tim Hair’s report, which was published in December 2019.  The report identified a need for more than £40 million of materials and subcontracted outfitting, which is included in the £110.3 million additional cost to complete the construction of the vessels which are more than three years late.

The three contracts are:


  • The supply of electrical and control equipment by Wartsila’s Scottish subsidiary, Wartsila Ships Electronics Services.
  • The outfit of the passenger areas of the vessels by Greenock-based Blu Marine.
  • The manufacture of pipework by Babcock, Dales Marine and McEvoy Engineering.

Work continues to place additional contracts in the coming weeks, worth a combined total of over £10 million.  Among the contracts are work for: electrical installation;
engineering design support for Hull 802; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning installation’ and fire alarm and suppression systems.

Ferguson’s procurement team has spent the past six months managing supplier contracts to bring some supply contracts from the previous shipyard owner across to the new company and to put new contracts in place.

Mr Hair said: ‘With these new contracts in place, we can press ahead with the work to bring the dual fuel vessels to completion. We estimate that, combined, more than 200 jobs will be created or secured in the supply chain through these contracts.’

The new Arran ferry is now due into service on the Ardrossan to Brodick route in April 2022.


The deck 5 aft lounge of the new MV Glen Sannox.