SNP MSP for West Scotland Stuart McMillan is today welcoming news of plans to resume the construction of commercial, ocean-going ships on the Clyde – and hailed the ‘bright future’ ahead for Scotland’s shipbuilding industry.
As reported today, Jim McColl has made clear that he is looking to expand capacity beyond the site at Ferguson Marine in order to be able to build a “broader range of ships” – including military vessels and ocean-going commercial carriers.
Mr McColl has also said that he has been “inundated with proposals for vessels we can make at Ferguson” – confirming the potential for further growth.
Commenting, Mr McMillan – who was on the Ferguson Yard taskforce and recently met with the Managing Director – said:
“Jim McColl’s announcement today is excellent news for the local area – and once again confirms that with the right support and investment, the local shipbuilding industry can go from strength to strength.
“Our shipbuilding industry has always had a special place in the hearts of people in the communities of the west of Scotland – and so this very encouraging news will be warmly welcomed by people across the area.
“These plans are a real vote of confidence in the area and can give a significant boost to the local economy, create jobs and continue the west of Scotland’s justified reputation as a leader in the shipbuilding industry – and show the bright future the industry has ahead.”
Jim McColl’s comments are reported here: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/13489368.Revealed__billionaire_scouts_giant_Greenock_dry_dock_as_potential_shipyard/