A nationalised shipyard has revealed the pandemic has added an additional £4.3m to the cost of two over-budget ferries.
Ferguson Marine in Port Glasgow had to suspend working on the ferries for four months, which amounted to £3.3m. It was then closed for another four weeks in January, which added an additional £1m to the total loss.
Tim Hair, appointed by the government ministers as the turnaround director for the nationalised shipyard, revealed the figures in a letter to the rural economy and connectivity committee, after providing an estimate during a Parliamentary session last week.
He believes the firm is still on target to deliver the Glen Sannox ship between April to June next year, after publicly seeking new workers on seven days a week shifts to complete the ships and make up for the lost time.
The two ferries were expected to enter service in 2018/19, destined for CalMac’s