Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan has today welcomed the announcement that the Scottish Government is now in final discussions to conclude the purchase of Ferguson Marine shipyard.
Commenting on the announcement, Stuart said:
“This is fantastic news for the local area, the workforce and the communities that will benefit from these two new ferries.
“The past year, but particularly the last few months, have been fraught with uncertainty for the workforce and there were concerns over whether or not these ferries would be completed. However, in August the Scottish Government took the decisive step to secure the future of this yard, which stakeholders locally and nationally welcomed.
“Today’s announcement that the Scottish Government will complete the purchase is hugely positive and highlights the SNP’s commitment to shipbuilding on the Clyde. It also poses a huge opportunity to seek further investment in the local area and for more vessels to be built at the yard.
“No one wanted this situation to develop as it has – but thanks to our Finance Secretary Derek Mackay, these ferries will be built, jobs have been saved, and ship building has a future in Port Glasgow.”