Faulty cables lead to yet another ferry delay

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News that the ferries being built at Ferguson Marine face yet another delay has been met with dismay by West Scotland MSP Katy Clark.

MSPs were told last week that between 400 and 900 wires, some of them more than 100 metres long, will have to be stripped out and replaced due to a construction error before the yard was nationalised.

The two ferries, the MV Glen Sannox bound for the Arran route and her sister ship, are already four years late and will cost more than double the £97m contract price agreed with the yard in Port Glasgow.

Ms Clark, who represents Scottish Labour, said: ‘The management of this project has been shambolic from start to finish. Projected costs have more than doubled, trust has broken down between stakeholders and the financial management of the company requires far greater oversight.

‘Many of the technical issues stem back to before the yard was nationalised, so it is clear public ownership is not the issue. The procurement of the vessels was described as a ‘catastrophic failure’ by a Holyrood committee just over a year ago.

‘Scotland’s ageing ferry fleet urgently needs replenished and our shipbuilding industry needs jobs. We need to see a full Scotland-wide ferry strategy to commission a new fleet, to be operated in the public sector with workers and communities consulted at every step.’