Ferguson Marine in Port Glasgow will recruit an additional 120 workers to help expedite delivery of the MV Glen Sannox and the MV Hull 802, which are currently under construction.
Pipe fitters and steel workers will be employed on six-month contracts in line with vessel build requirements. Weekend production begins on 19 March as the SNP Government-owned shipyard requires skilled and experienced contract workers to cover Friday, Saturday and Sunday shifts.
The temporary contracts are designed to boost production on the dual-fuel vessels and accelerate progress against delivery schedules. It means the shipyard will be in production seven days a week during the spring and summer months and bring the total yard headcount to over 500.
Tim Hair, turnaround director at Ferguson Marine said:
“We are taking serious action by introducing a weekend shift to expedite the delivery schedule of the dual-fuel ferries. I want to take advantage of better weather and extended daylight hours over the next six months to drive the project hard. Last year was challenging, with disruption created by the pandemic, but we’re confident that we can now step up construction.”
Arran’s MSP Kenneth Gibson added:
“Having long been vocal about the need for delivery of a high-quality new vessel to serve the people and communities of Arran, I welcome the news that Ferguson Marine is taking serious steps to speed up construction of the MV Glen Sannox. I look forward to its completion and the subsequent commencement of sea trials.”
The recruitment of the 120 contract workers is being managed by Advantage Resourcing.