NS3274 : Building a ship in Port Glasgow

taken 2 years ago, near to Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, Great Britain

Building a ship in Port Glasgow
Building a ship in Port Glasgow
Taken three days before her scheduled launch. The scaffolding is coming down, revealing the Caledonian MacBrayne colours and the name "Glen Sannox".
Building a ship in Port Glasgow
A series of photos of the construction of MV Glen Sannox, taken from the same spot over a period of eight months.

Shipbuilding is still thriving in Port Glasgow, 237 years after Thomas McGill opened the first yard in the town in 1780.

Ferguson Marine shipyard is the last shipyard on the Lower Clyde and is also the last yard in the UK capable of building merchant ships. Shipbuilding started on this site at Castle Road, off the A8, in 1791.

Things could have been very different; the yard entered administration in 2014, 70 staff were made redundant and it appeared that the town's proud shipbuilding history had come to an end. However, East Kilbride based Clyde Blowers Capital, owned by Jim McColl OBE, purchased the yard and have invested millions of pounds in an on-going modernisation project that will see the yard enter a new era and seek out new markets.

The building on the left is the new shipyard office complex. The ship under construction, now known as "Glen Sannox", is a 102m long LNG (liquefied natural gas) powered car and passenger ferry for Caledonian Macbrayne. Part of her sister ship "Hull 802" can be seen on the right.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 18 November, 2017   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 21 November, 2017
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Suburb, Urban fringe  Industry 
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Shipyard 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3269 7445 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.0345N 4:40.7955W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3266 7441
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