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Shipyard Ferguson Marine's Ferry Milestone Reached as Main Hull Nearly Complete

27th April 2022
At the Clydeside shipyard of Ferguson Marine is where the 100-tonne block lift of the bow to be connected onto Hull 802. The ferry Afloat adds is one of two for operator CalMac. At the Clydeside shipyard of Ferguson Marine is where the 100-tonne block lift of the bow to be connected onto Hull 802. The ferry Afloat adds is one of two for operator CalMac. Credit: The National-Facebook

Clydeside shipyard Ferguson Marine announced on Monday, the completion of a major milestone in the build of one of the dual fuel ferries currently under construction.

Hull 802, as the vessel is currently known, was fitted with its large bow unit which is the largest single unit added to the ferry’s steel hull, completing the bow structure.

This week will mark a key moment in the vessel’s progress when the final units are lifted into place, completing the main hull and steelwork and making way for the installation of the ferry’s aluminium superstructure, which is all the units that sit above the main deck.

Over the coming weeks and months, resources will ramp up to around 150 people working on Hull 802 to support the construction effort.

The National has more on the Port Glasgow yard which Afloat adds is constructing the ferry for CalMac's Uig Triangle service.

Whereas the first ferry when completed, Glen Sannox is to serve on the Arran service on the Firth of Clyde.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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