MV Glen Sannox, the first of two dual fuel ferries being built at Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) Ltd, has been moved to Garvel Dry Dock in Greenock to undergo work.
The dry dock period at the Dales Marine facility is described as a major step in Ferguson’s revised programme to complete the two vessels for Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd.
MV Glen Sannox requires a remediation package of work, including replacement of the bulbous bow, paint repair and removal of marine growth from the hull.
The repairs and rework were identified during the review of the condition of the vessels, conducted after the shipyard went into administration in August 2019, and are included in the programme review board report published in December 2019.
Tim Hair, turnaround director at Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) Ltd, said: “This is a key milestone in the recovery programme for the dual fuel vessels.
“Some work has been carried out on MV Glen Sannox at the shipyard, but the dry dock period is important because it will bring the vessel up to a condition that will allow us to move forward in earnest with the vessel completion plan.
He added: “It is also another clear sign of recovery for the shipyard business and comes only weeks after the launch of a steel barge for a customer in the offshore oil and marine sector.
“Obviously, the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown has impacted activity at the shipyard, but our workforce has been returning to outdoor working since the end of June and we are operating effectively with social distancing controls in place.”
MV Glen Sannox, which was launched in November 2017, is scheduled to return to the Ferguson shipyard at the end of August.