Newbuild hybrid ferry contract

Fri, 23 October 2015

Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd (FMEL) is to build two new 100m hybrid ferries for Scotland’s Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL).

The contract, worth £97 million, will see FMEL undertake the detailed design and construction work of the new vessels in Scotland, as well as their testing, equipping, launching and delivery.

Tom Docherty, chief executive, CMAL, said: “We are delighted to sign the shipbuilding contracts, securing FMEL as the contractor to build the two newest additions to our fleet. Key items of equipment will now be ordered, detailed plans will be developed for approval and it is anticipated that actual construction will start early in 2016. We hope to see the first of these vessels in operation in early 2018.”

Liam Campbell, managing director, FMEL added: “The signing of the shipbuilding contracts today marks the beginning of a new era of commercial shipbuilding on the Clyde and in conjunction with our experience in building battery hybrid vessels, confirms Ferguson Marine Engineering as a lead designer and builder of innovative green vessels internationally.”

The ferries will be ‘dual-fuel’ vessels meaning they can operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and marine diesel.

The contract will provide a boost for commercial shipbuilding on the Clyde and follows the shipyard’s delivery of the first two hybrid ferries for the CMAL fleet, with the third due to launch in December this year.

They are designed to carry 127 cars or 16 HGVs or a combination of both and up to 1,000 passengers and are earmarked for the Ardrossan-Brodick and the Uig Triangle routes.

Source:  Anne-Marie Causer;



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