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World’s Second Hybrid Ferry lauched on the Clyde

Launching of MV Lochinvar a great day for Inverclyde

The  world’s second ever hybrid ferry was launched at Ferguson Shipbuilders in Port Glasgow last week.

Lochinvar, one of only two passenger and vehicle ro-ro ferries in the world to incorporate a low-carbon hybrid system of diesel electric and lithium ion battery power, was launched by Patricia Platten, wife of CMAL CEO Guy Platten.

At 142-ft in length, the diesel-electric hybrid ferry accommodates 150 passengers, as well as 23 cars or two HGVs. It was named in tribute to an 1808 poem written by Sir Walter Scott and is scheduled to operate on the Tarbert to Portavadie route by the end of 2013.

Following completion at the Ferguson yard, the first hybrid ferry Hallaig, which was launched in December 2012, will enter service on the Sconser to Raasay route.



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New Hybrid Ferry Launched on the Clyde

First commercial ship built on the Clyde for five years

Hallaig the first of two cutting edge ‘hybrid’ ferries, and the first of its kind in the world, was launched at Ferguson Shipbuilders, Port Glasgow, earlier this week by Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. We think this video captures the historic event perfectly.



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Work Begins On New Hybrid Ferries

A return to civilian shipbuilding on the Clyde

The first steel for CalMac’s new hybrid ferries has been cut at the Ferguson shipyard on the Clyde, heralding a welcome return to civilian shipbuilding on the river.

The two 900-tonne vessels will be the world’s first sea-going roll-on roll-off diesel-electric hybrid ferries.They are being built to operate on short routes, with one already allocated to the crossing from Sconser on Skye to Raasay, and the  first one is expected to enter service in 2013.

ThA conventional ferry of a similar designe ferriers will have a capacity of 150 passengers and 23 cars.  The battery banks will; be capable of supplying a minimum of 20% of the energy used to operate the vessels. On-board deiesel generators wil keep the batteries topped up, and when berthed at night the ferries will be plugged into shore power, eliminating the need to run the generators at night. There are future plans to integrate local renewable electricity  generation to make the vessels even greener.     

CMAL chief executive Guy Platten said: “The cutting of the first steel marks an exciting new stage of the project, as the build begins on the world’s first sea-going ro-ro passenger hybrid ferries. “The project demonstrates CMAL’s commitment to leading the way in innovative ferry design and we look forward to seeing the project reach fruition when the first of the vessels goes into service in early 2013.”

Environment Minister Stewart Stevenson said: “The detailed design and the construction of the world’s first battery-operated sea-going vehicle ferry, both being carried out by local companies, highlights Glasgow and the Clyde as a major player in a modern world. “It is absolutely fantastic that a new generation of ship-building is starting on the Clyde, a river which has a rich and proud ship-building history.”



New Hebridean battery-powered ferries to be built on the Clyde.

Multi-Million Clyde Shipyard Contract to Create Around 100 New Jobs

Alex Neil yesterday confirmed Clyde-based Ferguson Shipbuilders as the preferred bidder to build a world’s first in environmentally friendly ferries – in a deal worth over £20 million. 
Mr Neil said:
“I’m delighted to announce Ferguson Shipbuilders as the preferred bidder to build  the world’s first of its kind in hybrid ferries in a contract worth more than £20 million. The deal will not only secure around 75 existing jobs in the Port Glasgow and Inverclyde area, but create around 100 more. In addition, we expect Ferguson Shipbuilders to create around 20 new apprenticeships directly as a result of this contract.
“This award is a perfect illustration of how we are making good on our commitment to create the vital jobs needed to boost local economies and crucially, to help stimulate growth across Scotland.
“The two new ferries will come into operation in 2013 and are the world’s first seagoing passenger and vehicle roll-on roll-off ferries to incorporate a low-carbon hybrid system of diesel electric and battery power. The technology will be cleaner, quieter and cheaper to operate and maintain than ever before. It will help Scotland to meet our ambitious climate change targets, and demonstrates the vast economic potential of developing green technology and moving to a low carbon economy.

“This project will provide a boost for commercial shipbuilding on the Clyde – it has been over four years since the last commercial ship was fully built and delivered.  Today we should celebrate that Scotland’s world renowned engineering skills will not only continue as a direct result of the new jobs the contract will create, but flourish when a new generation of skilled shipbuilders soon begin their apprenticeships.“
Guy Platten, CEO of Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) – who developed the detailed specification of the new ferry said: “This project provides a fantastic commercial opportunity for Scottish shipbuilding and we are delighted to announce Ferguson as the preferred bidder for the contract to build the world’s first sea-going Roll on –Roll off vehicle and passenger hybrid ferry.
“CMAL is committed to leading the way in innovative ferry design and building for the future and we hope to see the first of these vessels in operation in Spring / Summer 2013.”
Richard Deane, Managing Director of Ferguson Shipbuilders Ltd added:

“The Clyde has a proud shipbuilding heritage and it is wonderful to be part of such a ground breaking project, which will see the world’s first hybrid ferries sailing in Scotland
“The project will have a major impact on the local economy, including the creation of a number of new jobs throughout the course of the build and we look forward to signing the contracts and starting work in due course.”


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