CMAL has responded to the Ferguson Marine shipyard statement made today in the Scottish Parliament.

Kevin Hobbs, chief executive, CMAL said:

“We are disappointed and frustrated by the cost and timeline information that has been shared today by Scottish Ministers.  Island communities will share our disappointment, knowing they have to wait for the new vessels, which are desperately needed.

“The contract is robust in terms of budget and timescales, based on decades of shipbuilding experience within the CMAL team.  The agreed contract price for two dual fuel vessels is comparable with budgets for LNG vessels built across Europe and around the world and should have been achieved.

“Our main priority remains to secure the delivery of the two vessels, as expeditiously as possible.  We remain committed to working with the shipyard management team to progress the vessels to completion.”

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