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Ferguson Marine Engineering wins £2m contracts with Western Ferries (Clyde) Ltd
11th August 2017
Ferguson Marine Engineering has won its first commercial contracts since being rescued from administration by Clyde Blowers Capital in 2014.
The Port Glasgow shipyard has won two contracts worth £2m in total with Western Ferries (Clyde) Ltd to provide linkspan upgrades at two of its Scottish ports.
The shipyard will make and install two new linkspan's – a type of drawbridge used at ferry terminals to load and unload vehicles – which will be part of wider terminal improvements.
Western Ferries (Clyde) Ltd is a private company which has operated the 20 minute ferry crossing between Dunoon) and Gourock) since 1973.
The company operates a fleet of four roll-on roll-off passenger and vehicle ferries, linking central Scotland with the Cowal peninsula.
The first linkspan will be installed at McInroy’s Point in Gourock, and the second will be stored at Ferguson Marine ready for its installation once planned improvements get underway at Hunter’s Quay at Dunoon.
Gordon Ross, managing director of Western Ferries, said: “Our reinvestment programme ensures that we remain the most frequent, reliable and robust ferry service for the communities of Cowal and Inverclyde and for the 1.3 million passengers and 650,000 vehicles we safely transport each year.
“Over the past 16 years, we have delivered four new ferries, two new linkspan's, two new berthing structures and larger vehicle marshalling areas.
“This latest contract will ensure our services continue to meet the expectations and requirements of our growing customer base and means that 100 per cent of our linkspan's are Scottish and Clyde built.”
The former Ferguson Shipbuilders, since renamed Ferguson Marine Engineering, built the Sound of Scarba ferry for Western Ferries in 2001, and then the Sound of Shuna ferry in 2003.
“Having previously built two of their vessels and two of their linkspan's, we are delighted to be working with Western Ferries again.
“This is a major private sector contract and represents a significant win for us. It reflects the continuation of a positive working relationship between our two companies and illustrates the diversity of skills we are building here at Ferguson Marine.”