Committee member slams Scottish Authorities over ferry fiasco.

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“/>Innovative dual fuel vessel, MV Glen Sannox launches on the Clyde, but is now in dry dock for repairs.Progressive twin gas vessel, MV Glen Sannox launches on the Clyde, however is now in dry dock for repairs.

The committee inquiry revealed the Scottish Authorities selected the most costly of six shipyards tendering for the contract to construct two new ferries in 2015 and paid nicely over its preliminary valuations when deciding on Ferguson Marine because the profitable firm. The ferries have up to now value greater than £250m.

The Scottish Authorities’s response fails to deal with the thousands and thousands of kilos of losses confronted by the taxpayer and signifies that the federal government stays ‘totally supportive of our transport company Transport Scotland, CMAL, and CalMac’ regardless of the report closely criticising all three our bodies.

Mr Rumbles stated: “That is an appalling authorities response. The shortcoming to simply accept that there was a catastrophic failure within the procurement course of suggests ministers have their fingers over their eyes and their fingers of their ears.

“In the meantime the federal government’s response criticising the report for not blaming the contractor sufficient, means that complacency is nicely entrenched within the authorities, with a lack of knowledge of the their errors from the beginning.

“The Scottish authorities doesn’t even point out the thousands and thousands of kilos misplaced to the taxpayer. That is the worst authorities response to a report I’ve ever seen. The minister should seem earlier than the committee to reply for this dereliction of responsibility.”

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