Today, Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde has welcomed the news that the Scottish Government is ready and willing to take Ferguson Marine into public ownership.
The local SNP MSP says this will allow the ferries to be delivered, and secure continued employment of the workforce in the Port Glasgow yard.
Commenting, Stuart said:
“The Scottish Government has been working for over two years to find a resolution to the challenges at FMEL. During this time, the preference has been to identify viable commercial options to keep the yard going and to finish the vessels, but no such solutions have come forward.
“I am pleased to hear that the Scottish Government has now indicated to all relevant parties that they are prepared to nationalise Ferguson’s to ensure the ferries are delivered, the jobs are saved, and that shipbuilding on the Clyde remains.
“I understand that there remains a process to go through to secure the transfer of the yard to the Scottish Government, and I’m hopeful that all parties recognise the importance of completing that transfer in a prompt and smooth manner.
“My priority has been to protect the 350 jobs at the shipyard, and ultimately, shipbuilding in Port Glasgow. I appreciate how tumultuous the past few weeks have been for the workforce, and am glad that a positive way forward is on the cusp.
“I will do all I can to aid this process and support the workers, and am grateful to the Scottish Government for taking action to save Ferguson’s.”