MV Glen Sannox, the first of two dual fuel vessels being built at Ferguson Marine, Port Glasgow, has returned to the water following completion of a key phase of dry dock work in Greenock.
Throughout the three-week stint, a package of remedial work was carried out which included the replacement of the bulbous bow, paint repair, removal of marine growth from the vessel hull and external welding.
Tim Hair, turnaround director at Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) Ltd, said: “Following a period of uncertainty due to Covid-19, it has been really gratifying to see our team return to outdoor working on MV Glen Sannox.
“While our office-based colleagues have continued to work from home throughout lockdown, making good progress on design and planning, the dry-docking period marked a key milestone in the project and in getting a substantial proportion of our yard workers back to the task at hand.
“We’ve made some solid strides forward over the last few weeks on MV Glen Sannox and slightly extended the dry dock period to take advantage of the stability of the vessel whilst stationed there to carry out some additional tasks.
“Now that the ferry has been brought up to its current condition and has returned to our shipyard, the next steps will include work on the superstructure, electrical work and the installation of approximately 16 kilometres of pipework.”
The overall project to turn Ferguson around and deliver the Caledonian MacBrayne ferries was on schedule when lockdown occurred and the cost of the project to deliver the ferries remains unchanged at £110.3million.
The yard was forced to close for three months and has been on restricted working for at least a further three months because of the pandemic.
MV Glen Sannox is now due for delivery between April 2022 and June 2022.