Ferguson Marine Engineering is a commercial shipbuilding and marine engineering company based on the River Clyde in Port Glasgow. It specialises in building commercial ships up to 115 metres in length and other marine and industrial fabrication. It recently built the world’s first two diesel-electric hybrid ferries, is build a third, and has been announced as the preferred bidder for two new 100 metre roll on-roll off LNG ferries that will operate around the west coast of Scotland. In addition, the company has completed numerous civil engineering and marine fabrication contracts and is developing marine and offshore wind energy as a key business area.
Acting as SME industrial partner in this project, the business is an exemplar of precisely the type of shipbuilding business that the project intends to assist. The yard is currently seeking to improve its design capacity and capability, has recently installed new naval architecture design software, and is currently embarking on a £10m programme to rebuild its existing facilities, including the purchase of new craneage and equipment etc. all with the purpose of making the business more internationally competitive. Increasing competitiveness for the business includes the goals of increasing production efficiency, reducing energy consumption and operating costs for vessel owners, and reducing emissions in response to tightening environmental legislation and in order to achieve climate change targets. These are goals shared with the project.