Port Glasgow News

20 Aug 2019

Scottish Govt Takes Over Ferguson Shipyard

Image: Ferguson Marine Shipyard

Ferguson Marine Shipyard in Port Glasgow, Scotland, is now set to enter public ownership.The Scottish Government has announced that it has reached an agreement with administrators to take the Ferguson Marine shipyard in Port Glasgow into public control.According to government sources, the agreement means two ferries currently under construction at the yard for Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) will be completed.A program board has been set up by Scotland's economy secretary…

09 May 2016

Wärtsilä Propulsion for First UK Dual-fuel Ships

Wärtsilä DF dual-fuel engines Photo Wartsila

he first ever UK domestic dual-fuelled new build vessels will feature fully integrated Wärtsilä propulsion machinery packages. Wärtsilä will also supply extended engineering and site support services. The two ships, both 102 metre long ro-ro passenger ferries, are being built for Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) based in Port Glasgow, Scotland. The contracts with Wärtsilä were recorded in December 2015. Besides being the first dual-fuel vessels for CMAL, they are also the first ever dual-fuel ships to be built in the UK. These will be built by Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd.

08 Dec 2015

CMAL Installs New CCTV System for SCG

Photo courtesy of CMAL

Scottish Communications Group (SCG), an independent communication equipment specialist, has been awarded a $2.7 million contract by Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) for the design and installation of a new CCTV solution at their Clyde and west coast network of 25 harbors, ports and slipways. These range from Largs on the mainland to Tarbert (Harris) in the Western Isles. The new CCTV system has been designed to improve safety and security for customers, Harbor Operator personnel…

24 Nov 2015

GBP1mln Grant to Create 100 Jobs at Ferguson Shipyard

Ferguson Marine. Photo by Clyde Blowers Capital

The last commercial shipyard on the Clyde, Scotland, has secured grant to help safeguard 125 jobs and create a further 100. Ferguson shipyard has been awarded a £1m grant to refurbish its Port Glasgow premises and help fund new jobs. Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd (FMEL) received the grant from Scottish Enterprise which will boost the number of full time staff from 150 to 250 at Port Glasgow. The  Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) funding will contribute to Ferguson Marine's redevelopment of its premises and investment in new state of the art equipment.

22 Oct 2015

Ferguson Signs $150mln LNG Ferries for CMAL

Image: Caledonian MacBrayne

Scotland-based Ferguson Marine Engineering (FMEL) has signed a deal to build two 100-meter, dual-fuel ferries for Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) in a contract worth £97 million (USD 150 million) that will boost shipbuilding on the River Clyde and secure 150 shipyard jobs. Back in August, the government of Scotland named the rejuvenated Scottish yard  as the preferred tenderer for the contract to build the two ferries for the state-backed ferry operator, Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac).

20 Apr 2015

Ferguson Marine Chooses ShipConstructor

Ferguson Marine in Port Glasgow, Scotland has invested in a comprehensive package of SSI products.   Ferguson has chosen to implement almost every ShipConstructor product including: Hull, Structure, MarineDrafting, WeldManagement, ManualNest, AutomaticNest, ProfileNest, NC-Pyros, Pipe, P&ID DesignValidation, PipeSupports, Penetrations, Equipment, ProductHierarchy, and Report.   Ferguson Marine has a 110-year history in which it has completed the design, engineering and fabrication of newbuild, repair refit, and conversion projects in a wide range of vessel types.

22 Aug 2014

Bid to Rescue Clyde Shipbuilder Ferguson

Scots flag: File image

Jim McColl, one of Scotland's richest men, has tabled a bid to rescue collapsed Clyde shipbuilder Ferguson and aims to return the yard to its former glory by creating hundreds of jobs, according to HeraldScotland. The engineering tycoon, who saved about 550 jobs at Weir Pumps in Glasgow in 2007 by buying that business from Weir Group, is pledging to invest many millions of pounds in the yard at Port Glasgow if his offer is accepted by ­administrators. Ferguson, which was founded in 1902 and is the last commercial shipbuilder on the Clyde…

05 Aug 2014

Another Major Military Contract for SES

The Zenitel EXIGO PA/GA system to be supplied by SES

Ships Electronic Services (SES), an industry leader in the supply, installation and maintenance of maritime electronics, has won a contract from Finmeccanica – Selex ES to supply a PA & General Alarm system to each of the four Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Military Afloat Reach & Sustainability (MARS) tankers currently under construction by Daewoo Shipbuilding in South Korea. The contract, which covers an integrated PA system, is part of a wide range of communication equipment ordered from Finmeccanica – Selex ES.

26 Feb 2014

Glasgow Struggles Following Shipbuilding Departure

(Photo: Simon Johnston, geograph.org.uk)

Showy entertainment venues, museums and new housing blocks have replaced many of the shipyards that once lined Glasgow's River Clyde. Long gone are the days when the area was an industrial powerhouse producing around a fifth of the world's ships - now Scotland's largest city promotes itself instead as a financial and commercial hub, soon to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games. But although billions of pounds of investment have given Glasgow a shining new waterfront and growth in sectors like financial services…

23 May 2013

Second Hybrid Ferry Launched on the Clyde

A cutting edge ferry, which is the second of two hybrid vessels, was launched on the Clyde today at Ferguson's shipyard in Port Glasgow. The ferries are being built following a Scottish Government investment worth over £20 million, which has continued the proud heritage and tradition of shipbuilding on the Clyde. The hybrid ferry MV Lochinvar is one of only two passenger and vehicle roll-on, roll-off ferries in the world to incorporate a low-carbon hybrid system of diesel electric and lithium ion battery power. The innovative vessel was launched by Mrs. Patricia Platten, wife of Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) CEO, Guy Platten.

04 Jun 2012

World's First Hybrid Ferries to be Supplied with SES Equipment

Image courtesy of Ferguson Shipbuilders

These will be the world’s first hybrid diesel electric Ro Ro vehicle and passenger ferries to enter service and will be operating the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service from spring 2013. The green technology will be incorporated throughout the ships, supplying a minimum of 20% of the energy consumed on board. SES will be fitting a full specification of electronics on the hybrid ferries including Furuno Radars and Transas ECDIS. A complex double ended heading system from Raytheon Anschuetz will be installed enabling all the headings to the AIS…

09 Feb 2010

$5M Support Vessel Refit Contract

Photo courtesy ThinkPR(Scotland) Ltd

Ferguson Modular, a supplier and manufacturer of offshore accommodation solutions for the energy industry around the world, has awarded a $5m contract for refit and refurbishment work on its new accommodation support vessel. The company, a division of the Ferguson Group, is investing $39.2m in its accommodation support vessel which arrived from South East Asia into Port Glasgow in December 2009, and anticipates the work by Ferguson Shipbuilders Ltd at Port Glasgow being completed by June 2010.

16 Sep 2003

Wynn Provides Wiper System for Research Vessel

all weather conditions. technologically advanced wiper system. Range. wiper in the world. far lower than those specified by the MCA. operating network and interface. design for ease of installation, maintenance and upgrading. required. affairs and has been in operation since March 2003. by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science.

09 Nov 2000

Rolls-Royce Wins $3.1 Million Contract

Rolls-Royce has landed a $3.1 million order from Ferguson Shipbuilders in Port Glasgow for an equipment package comprised of Rauma Brattvaag deck machinery, bulk handling systems and Tenfjord steering gear and rudders. The package has been ordered for a new 246 ft. (75 m) Stirling Shipping anchor handling tug-supply vessel (AHTS), which will be an enhanced version of M/V Stirling Iona, which was delivered by Ferguson earlier this year. The new AHTS will house an anchor handling and towing winch with a capacity of 380-tons pull; the winch will be the largest ever fitted to a U.K.-built ship by Brattvaag. With a gt of approximately 2,350 and a dynamic positioning system, the vessel is scheduled for a February 2002 delivery.

14 Oct 2005

Shipyard Thrown a Lifeline

A shipyard in crisis has been thrown a lifeline after securing a major ferry contract, according to a report on the Scotsman.com. The Ferguson yard in Port Glasgow in Inverclyde was forced to lay off 100 workers earlier this year when it lost out to a Polish yard for a crucial ferry order for operators Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac). CalMac, which is publicly owned, operates the majority of sea crossings to the islands including Gourock-Dunoon, Now rival firm Western Ferries, which also operates from Dunoon to Gourock, has placed a £500,000 order for a roll on/roll off terminal with Ferguson. The new contract will see facilities at McInroy's Point in Gourock upgraded by March 2006 and is the third to be awarded by Western to the yard in as many years. (Source: Scotsman.com)

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