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Thursday, April 9, 2020 

ICE Marine Designs, an Isle of Man, UK-based naval architecture and consulting group, says it has been contracted by Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) Limited, the Clyde shipyard taken into Scottish Government ownership, to correct and complete the design of its Hull No 801, a dual-fuel ro-pax ferry.

The vessel, named Glen Sannox, is the first of two sister ships ordered in 2015. It was originally scheduled to be delivered to Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) in 2018, to be operated on the Ardrossan to Brodick route. It will transport up to 1,000 passengers and 127 cars. Completion has been delayed by various technical issues as well as contract disputes leading to the failure, and subsequent nationalisation, of the Ferguson yard.

Following a detailed investigation of the status of the partly-constructed vessel – including performing a laser scanning survey of technical spaces – ICE, in close cooperation with Ferguson’s new management team, has carefully mapped out the design work and deliverables to be revised, updated and completed.

Robert Swan, President and COO of ICE, said: “We are delighted to be able to assist this well-known Scottish shipyard with our extensive ship design experience. ICE maintained for many years an office in Glasgow and we have been providing design services for several ships being built in Scotland for the Royal Navy. Having spent five years myself in shipbuilding on the Clyde I know what the excellent tradesmen there can achieve under good leadership and with the right planning, tools and technical information”.

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