- Bosses at Ferguson shipyard were to blame for the delay and spiralling cost of two new CalMac ferries, according to the chief executive of the government agency which placed the orders.
- Kevin Hobbs, of CMAL, also rejected calls for the unfinished ferries to be scrapped and the work started again.
- The vessels are £100m over budget and likely to be three years overdue.
CalMac is investing a record amount in keeping its fleet in ship shape condition during this year’s winter maintenance programme.
More than GBP 9 million is being targeted at vessel resilience responding to the challenges of an increasing average age of fleet. This is in addition to the annual planned maintenance expenditure to ensure every vessel is ready for another year of supporting communities across the west coast. The resilience programme is more than double the amount spent last year.
Finnlines Is On Track
The Finnlines Group’s results for January–September were:
- +0.6% Revenue = EUR 450.8 (447.9) million
- +6% EBITDA = EUR 136.8 (129.0) million
- +8.6 Result = EUR 81.8 (75.3) million
In spite of the slowdown in the Finnish economic growth, Finnlines still is on track to achieve another excellent result.
Transport and logistics operator, David MacBrayne Ltd, which operates CalMac Ferries has seen an increasing number of passengers visiting the iconic Scottish western isles.
For the first time, CalMac carried more than 5.6 million passengers and more than 1.4 million vehicles as part of yet another year on year increase.
- +2.3% Revenue = GBP 215 million (210)
- +69% Profit before tax GBP 7.1 million (4.2)
Caledonian MacBrayne is challenging the Scottish government’s decision not to give it a contract to run Northern Isles ferries.
Serco won a six-year contract in 2012 and it was named the preferred bidder to continue the service last month.
However CalMac, which is owned by the Scottish government, says its tender was cheaper than Serco’s.
SAAREMAA I Enters Service On Matane – Baie-Comeau – Godbout
Société des traversiers du Québec will finally have a ferry to relieve FÉLIX-ANTOINE-SAVARD, which in its turn was a stop-gap solution for the ill-fated F. -A. -GAUTHIER.
The latter experienced engine damage in December. The dual-fuel LNG ferry built by Fincantieri in 2010 is still being repaired
According to reports, CalMac will take over the Gourock – Kilcreggan Route from Greenock-based firm Clyde Marine ‘within weeks’.
The route is currently the responsibility of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) but talks are continuing over the transfer of power to Transport Scotland, which is expected to award a contract to CalMac to operate the service.
- GLEN SANNOX is late 13 months, sister vessel, Hull 802 is 19 months behind schedule.
- Shipyard Ferguson and CMAL are currently in dispute over the problem-hit project.
- The shipbuilder wants more money to complete the order, claiming that major changes have been made to the designs.
- The delay was announced in the Scottish Parliament.