Ferguson Marine Engineering have successfully delivered their first linkspan for Western Ferries, as part of their investment program to upgrade the passenger route capacity between McInroy’s Point (Gourock) and Hunters Quay (Dunoon).
The first Linkspan was successfully and safely installed, tested and commissioned by FME’s operations and production teams in January with the official handover to Western Ferries occurring on the 10th March, 2018. The McInroys Point linkspan has now been brought fully into service during the peak May holiday periods by Western Ferries and the initial feedback has been extremely positive.
Graeme Fletcher, Technical Director at Western Ferries, commented:
“In 2017 we awarded contracts for two new buoyant linkspan structures to FME after observing first hand the advances and improvements in manufacturing techniques at their Port Glasgow base.
It has been my pleasure to work with such a friendly team who are delivering that important mix of experience and youthful drive and enthusiasm. With the first linkspan now delivered to budget and performing well, we look forward to the next one.
After a long historical relationship, we are very proud to be part of the rekindling of the Ferguson Marine name and wish them every success in returning this famous brand to the worldwide shipbuilding market.”
Production on the second linkspan at Hunter Quay is now underway and the team at FME look forward to a successful conclusion by the end of September 2018.
Posted 30 May 2018