Labours candidate in the Scottish Parliamentary elections for Cunninghame North, Katy Clark, is calling for a review of procurement procedures for new Calmac ferries in order that “lessons can be learned” after harsh criticism by a Holyrood Committee of the process for procuring two ferries. In a strongly-worded report, the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee asked for an independent external review of the process which they described as a “catastrophic failure”.
The Ferguson Marine yard was due to deliver two ferries to be used on the west coast by 2018 at a cost of £97million. The ferries are now only expected to be in use by 2022 or 2023 at almost double the cost. The current ferry, the struggling 27 year old MV Caledonian Isles was due to be replaced two years ago by the new dual fuel Glen Sannox.
Katy Clark said “Lessons must be learned from this disaster. I hope that the Scottish Government act on the recommendations of this report from the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee and instruct an independent external review immediately.”