Timeline: Ferguson Marine ferries saga unfolds

Key dates from a timeline in the Audit Scotland report into the Ferguson Marine ferries saga.

August 2015: Scottish ministers announce Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited (FMEL) as the preferred bidder for the contract to design and build two new CalMac ferries at a combined fixed price of £97 million.

September 2015: FMEL says it is unable to provide a full builders refund guarantee, a mandatory requirement of the contract.

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February 2017: Transport Scotland informs Scottish ministers of delays.

Glen Sannox should have been finished four years ago. Picture: John Devlin

September 2017: Scottish Government provides FMEL with a £15m loan to aid its cash flow.

June 2018: Scottish Government provides FMEL with a £30m loan to aid its cash flow.

February 2019: Scottish Government and Transport Scotland initiate Project Kildonan to formally consider contingency plans for the vessels and the shipyard.

May 2019: Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMal), the Scottish Government’s ferry-owning firm, advises ministers of its intention to cancel the contract for Glen Sannox on the grounds of late delivery.

August 2019: Scottish Government appoints Tim Hair as turnaround director to help stabilise the shipyard and put a programme in place to complete the vessels. FMEL enters administration.

December 2019: Scottish Government completes a commercial transaction to bring the shipyard into public ownership and creates a new organisation, Ferguson Marine Port Glasgow (FMPG), to complete the vessels.

Mr Hair provides an update on costs and timescales for the Scottish Government.

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The estimated delivery dates are October to December 2021 for Glen Sannox, and July to October 2022 for vessel 802.

The estimated cost to complete both vessels is £110.3m-114.3m.

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August 2020: Mr Hair updates delivery timescales to account for Covid disruption: April to June 2022 for Glen Sannox and December 2022 to February 2023 for vessel 802. There is no change to the cost.

June 2021: Mr Hair updates delivery timescales to account for further Covid disruptions and labour shortages: July to September 2022 for Glen Sannox and April to July 2023 for vessel 802. No change to the cost.

February 2022: Mr Hair advises the Scottish Parliament of further vessel delays due to a serious cable problem on Glen Sannox.

March 2022: FMPG expects to provide the Scottish Parliament with an update on vessel timescales and any impact on costs.

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