FERGUSON Marine shipyard in Port Glasgow estimates it will be three years before both the CalMac ferries it is building have been handed over.
The predicted timescale is given in a notice inviting contractors to bid for millions of pounds worth of electrical work on the vessels.
The yard was taken into public ownership last year following major problems with the ferry contract which is massively over budget and behind schedule.
The most recent estimated delivery window for the ferries was given before the Covid-19 shutdown — for MV Glen Sannox, which will operate on the Ardrossan to Brodick route, it was October to December 2021.
For the second vessel, which will operate on the Uig to Tarbert and Lochmaddy route, delivery was expected to be July to October 2022.
Work on MV Glen Sannox started in February 2017 and the ferry was expected to enter service in the second half of 2018. This week, nearly three years after its launch, it went into dry dock at Greenock for remedial work.
A notice issued by Ferguson Marine last week seeks bids from contractors for £6million worth of electrical cable supply and installation work on the boats.
It states the contract will run until the vessels have been handed over to client Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd, a period estimated at 36 months.
The notice adds: “The 36 month duration is an estimate only. The contract will cease on signed-off completion of the services.”
The yard’s notice regarding the work states that the contract will include “an audit of the work previously carried out on ship 801” [MV Glen Sannox].