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An MSP has called on the Scottish government to ‘come clean’ after claims last weekend the future of the Ferguson Marine shipyard, where the new Arran ferry is being built, could be in doubt.
The claims made in the Herald on Sunday were said to be based on an analysis from former managers of the Port Glasgow shipyard at the centre of a ferry-building fiasco, who referred to ‘inevitable failure for the business’ because of the way it was being run.
And it emerged that when the MV Glen Sannox and her sister ship are completed and ready for delivery, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) would be expected to purchase them for use at what they call a ‘fair market value’, raising the prospect that ministers will make massive losses on the deal.
Conservative West Scotland regional MSP Jamie Greene said: ‘The ferry fiasco continues to go from one debacle to the next and now we learn that there’s a renewed risk of collapse at Ferguson Marine.
‘The SNP’s gross mismanagement of this project has put hundreds of yard workers’ jobs at risk and threatened our entire shipbuilding industry.
‘It’s time for Nicola Sturgeon to come clean about the future of this company and whether residents can expect a further delay to the replacement ferries that are already running four years late.
‘The whole thing has been disastrously handled by the SNP since the outset – our island communities and Scottish taxpayers deserve nothing short of a full apology.’