Stuart McMillan MSP has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament in support of the moves by Ferguson Marine which could see the Inchgreen Dock in Greenock once again become home to shipbuilding.
As reported in the media, Mr Jim McColl of Ferguson Marine has been looking to expand capacity beyond the site at Ferguson Marine in order to be able to build a “broader range of ships”. This may include 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:
“I have always believed that with the right support and investment, the local shipbuilding industry can go from strength to strength.
“I was happy to lodge this motion as it helps to promote not only the potential for more shipbuilding in our area but also the hard work that has been going on to provide a more secure future for Ferguson Marine.
“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.”
Motion Number: S4M-13813
Lodged By: Stuart McMillan
Date Lodged: 22/07/2015
Title: Clyde Shipbuilding
That the Parliament welcomes the plans from Ferguson Marine to examine the potential of using Inchgreen Dock in Greenock to build larger ships than its current yard can manage; believes that this could lead to the construction of commercial, ocean-going ships on the Clyde; understands that there has been significant investment in Ferguson Marine, and considers that the future is looking bright for shipbuilding on the Clyde.