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‘Place CalMac orders with Ferguson’s’, says Bute MP

Argyll and Bute's Liberal Democrat MP Alan Reid wants the SNP to save Ferguson's Shipbuilders in Port Glasgow by placing orders for new CalMac ferries with the firm.

Argyll and Bute's Liberal Democrat MP Alan Reid wants the SNP to save Ferguson's Shipbuilders in Port Glasgow by placing orders for new CalMac ferries with the firm.

Argyll and Bute MP Alan Reid has urged the Scottish Government to save Ferguson Shipbuilders in Port Glasgow by placing orders for new Clyde and Hebridean ferries with the yard.

The company - the last major commercial shipbuilder on the Clyde - went into receivership on Friday, with 70 workers made redundant as a result.

Mr Reid said: “New ferries are badly needed for the ageing CalMac fleet. The ‘bathtub boats’ on the Dunoon-Gourock route need replaced. Many other routes are struggling with not enough capacity to meet demand and breakdowns are becoming more frequent due to the age of the fleet. The SNP are planning to exempt busy sailings from Road Equivalent Tariff fares to cut demand.

“It is so obvious that new ferries are needed. Ferguson’s showed their ability to win orders for modern ferries by successfully bidding for the new CalMac hybrid ferries. The SNP should place orders for new ferries now to both meet the needs of ferry users and give Ferguson’s a chance of survival.”

Scotland’s finance secretary, John Swinney MSP, visited the yard on Monday; on the same day, the owners of Inverclyde-based bus firm McGill’s announced that they had contacted KPMG, the administrators for Ferguson Shipbuilders, to express an interest in saving the yard.

 

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