McMillan Welcomes New £97m Ferry Contract for Ferguson’s

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP was at Ferguson Marine in Port Glasgow today to announce that Ferguson Marine have won the £97m contract to build the next two CMAL ferries under the Scottish Government’s Ferries Strategy launched in 2008.

Only last week, ambitious plans to grow and diversify the historic shipyard were revealed and this announcement today helps that growth and security of work take shape.

Today’s announcement shows the progress that has been made in a short time for the yard. During the summer of 2014, the yard went into liquidation and a Scottish Government led Taskforce was convened to help save it. Ferguson’s Port Glasgow was saved in September 2014 after when Clyde Blowers capital, led by Jim McColl bought over he facility. Since then the billionaire businessman has invested heavily and continues to do so and only last week unveiled plans for a huge workforce expansion.

Stuart McMillan MSP was a member of the Taskforce to help secure a buyer for Ferguson’s.

He said:

“It’s great to see the First Minister back in Inverclyde again and highlights the importance of Ferguson’s Marine to the local area, and the importance of shipbuilding industry in Scotland.

“The SNP Scottish Government responded quickly to the closure of Ferguson’s, with Ministers forming a task group which met within days. We worked hard to achieve the purchase of the yard as a going concern and were delighted when Jim McColl’s bid delivered this.

“Today’s announcement is brilliant news for Inverclyde and shows that shipbuilding, thanks to the SNP, has a bright and prosperous future ahead of it.

“I recently met with Liam Campbell, the managing director of Ferguson Marine, who outlined exciting plans for the yard. Since the SNP taskforce was set up to save Ferguson’s, Jim McColl re-employed those who wanted to return and has taken the staffing level to over 150.

“Today’s announcement is yet another sign of the SNP Scottish Government supporting industry and Inverclyde. This takes the number of ships awarded to Ferguson’s by the SNP Scottish Government to 5 and shows that the re-industrialisation of the lower Clyde is a commitment being delivered.

“I am greatly encouraged by the number of people from Inverclyde interested in working at Ferguson Marine. In the current intake of fifteen apprentices in Ferguson’s, all are from Inverclyde and over the next five years Ferguson Marine will need to look at quite an ambitious apprenticeship programme that will build up a excellent skill-base again in Inverclyde.

“This strategic vision will turn Ferguson’s Marine into a 21st-century business within a year with ambitious plans for 1,300 jobs and £65 million of investment. This is a remarkable success story for Inverclyde.”

McMillan commends Inverclyde Council on safer new traffic lights.

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has commended Inverclyde Council on the fixing of a pedestrian safety issue at a busy Greenock precinct.

Concerns had been raised that the traffic lights at the junction between Brougham Street and Campbell Street were unfit for purpose.

The issue had been made aware to Mr McMillan by local man Mr Geroge McInnes. Mr McInnes, who is partially sighted, had indicated they have trouble seeing the ‘green man’ when crossing between Campbell Street and Brougham Street, and they experienced a few near miss incidents with passing traffic.


Mr McMillan contacted Inverclyde Council to look into the safety concerns at the junction. As a result, the Council decided to install a safer, more modern traffic light system at the area. Councillor Math Campbell-Sturgess said,

“When Stuart got in touch I was happy to get involved. I’m pleased the Council took the mantle so quickly on this issue to make the crossing safer for pedestrians.”

Stuart McMillan MSP, who is the convenor of the Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Visual Impairment said,

“ I’m glad that this public safety issue has been met with quick resolve by Inverclyde Council. The new traffic light system, which clearly displays the green and red man and has clear audio capabilities, will be much safer for pedestrians, especially those with visual impairment. Making our roads and walkways safer can only benefit the local area.”

Good News on Jobs for Inverclyde

Greenock based MSP, Stuart McMillan expresses his delight that Ferguson Marine in Port Glasgow has taken on 15 new apprentices. The original plan was for 10 to be employed and trained but due to the quality and enthusiasm of the applicants the company exceeded their intake by 50%.
Stuart McMillan MSP said:

“I welcome the increased numbers of apprentices that have been taken on by Ferguson Marine in Port Glasgow.

“To employ an extra 50% because of the quality of applicants was so high is a positive sign and excellent news for those seeking a career in shipbuilding in Inverclyde.

“This also shows that the company are investing in the long term future of the yard and Inverclyde and I wish them every success.”
Liam Campbell, Managing Director of Ferguson Marine added:

“I am greatly encouraged by the number of people from the local area interested in working at Ferguson Marine.

“We recruit trades in line with our current needs via S1 Jobs website, Linkedin and word of mouth. Anyone interested should send their CV’s to the HR department.

“If we do not have any vacancies at present but feel that their skills and experience are suitable we will keep their CV’s on file for use at a later date.”

West College Scotland Show Interest to make Inverclyde the Marine Tourism Capital of Scotland.

Greenock based MSP, Stuart McMillan has expressed his delight that West College Scotland (WCS) have expressed their interest in the proposed Marine Tourism BID for Inverclyde.

Mr. McMillan met with the WCS Principal, Audrey Cumberford at the Finnart Campus to discuss a range of issues, one of them being the Marine Tourism BID.
After the meeting, Stuart McMillan MSP said:

“I met the principal of West College Scotland and we discussed in more detail the proposed Marine Tourism BID for Inverclyde and how the college could play a major part in progressing this.

“I am delighted that the Principal is supportive of the suggestion and is keen to be kept up to date with developments and is also keen to take part in any meetings about the Marine Tourism BID.

“Inverclyde is the obvious choice to be Scotland’s home for Marine Tourism and using the BID process would be one way of unlocking our potential and creating more training, jobs and extra income for Inverclyde.

“Inverclyde has a huge amount going for it and with a focus on Marine Tourism, we could reap the rewards for the wider economy.”

Stuart McMillan MSP: 720 930

A BID brings together groups of businesses to work collectively to invest in improving their business environment, to grow their market sector and assist local sustainable economic growth.