The supply of the brand new Arran ferry is about to be delayed once more because the shipyard constructing the vessel struggles to recruit employees.
MV Glen Sannox was initially as a consequence of enter the Ardrossan to Brodick service in the summertime of 2018 however has been beset by delays and is now effectively over funds.
The shipyard answerable for the vessel, Ferguson Marine, went into administration in 2019 and was taken over by the Scottish Authorities.
Below a revised schedule Glen Sannox was as a consequence of be accomplished between April and June 2022.
Nonetheless, Ferguson Marine had hoped to have 120 additional employees to allow seven-day working however had solely been capable of recruit an additional 29 by final week, which it warned might see the timetable adjusted even additional.
Manufacturing suspension as a result of COVID-19 pandemic was additionally blamed for the delay.
In an replace to a Holyrood committee final week, turnaround director, Tim Hair, mentioned: “Expert labour is proving very tough to recruit regionally and plainly the pool of expert employees accessible to Ferguson is unable to fulfill our useful resource necessities.
“In abstract, the COVID-related parts of manufacturing suspension and accrued holidays will delay the schedule by seven weeks and the restoration plan to extend resourcing by working weekends seems unlikely to draw sufficient employees.
“It isn’t due to this fact potential to supply a definitive schedule for the completion of the vessels presently.”
Politicians from throughout the political spectrum have expressed their disappointment on the newest delay.
Jamie Greene mentioned: “This newest delay is unforgivable and will imply that it will likely be almost 2023 earlier than the alternative ferry is delivered – that’s a minimum of one other two years of chaos and disruption on the route.
“That is an astonishing stage of mismanagement from an SNP administration that has fully failed North Ayrshire, Arran and our island communities.”
Kenneth Gibson mentioned: “Any additional delay within the supply of the Glen Sannox is deeply disappointing, as everyone seems to be eager to see this distinctive new vessel enter service as quickly as potential.”
Katy Clark added: “There was a listing of failure from the Scottish Authorities within the constructing of the ships. A Holyrood Committee described the procurement course of as a “catastrophic failure”. It’s time for brand new administration.”