Image copyright Getty Images The Ferguson Marine shipyard has been formally taken into public ownership, the Scottish government has announced.The move came after administrators agreed final terms for the transaction with Scottish ministers.In the autumn, administrators from Deloitte concluded public ownership was in the best interests of the creditors, despite receiving three commercial bids. The…

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The Ferguson Marine shipyard has been formally taken into public ownership, the Scottish authorities has equipped.

The pass came after administrators agreed final terms for the transaction with Scottish ministers.

Within the autumn, administrators from Deloitte concluded public ownership changed into as soon as within the most straightforward interests of the collectors, despite receiving three commercial bids.

The Port Glasgow yard will now be identified as Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) Ltd.

About 300 of us for the time being work there.

Ferguson went into administration following a dispute with Caledonian Maritime Sources Ltd – which buys and leases CalMac ships on behalf of the Scottish authorities – over the building of two ferries below a £97m mounted imprint contract.

On the time of the administration being equipped, Deloitte described the contract as being “materially within the aid of time desk and over finances”.

It remains unclear when the ferries will eventually enter provider.

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An bid for CalMac ferries changed into as soon as on the centre of a dispute

In August, the Scottish authorities began working the yard below a management settlement with the administrators.

About £50m of taxpayer loans to Ferguson Marine own been written off.

Close to all of the £97m invoice for the ships has already been paid to Ferguson Marine, and the Scottish authorities has saved paying the shipyard’s running charges, including its wage invoice, following administration.

Jim McColl, the industrialist who saved the shipyard from administration in 2014, said sooner than the firm changed into as soon as build into the hands of administrators within the summer season, that the final cost of the two ships changed into as soon as seemingly to be double the contract imprint.

He blamed this on multiple adjustments being required by the consumer for the progressive make aspects required for hybrid-powered ships, running on diesel and on liquefied pure gasoline.

‘Step ahead’

Economy Secretary Derek Mackay said: “We own been working for over two years to search out a call to the difficulties at Ferguson Marine and our priorities remain the completion of the two CalMac ferries, maintaining jobs, and securing a future for the yard.

“Within the absence of a workable commercial resolution the administrators own concluded that public ownership is within the most straightforward interests of the collectors.

“Now that this has been confirmed, I’m obvious that we continue to work carefully with everyone on the yard to progress work on the vessels and stop the most straightforward possible consequence for the yard and its staff.”

Mr Mackay added: “Recruiting extra staff to Ferguson Marine is a well-known step ahead in making this happen.

“Setting up a revised timetable for the completion of the two ferries furthermore remains one among the well-known duties for the management on the yard and I will give an update on the time desk and price for provide of the two ferries as soon as possible.”

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