Ferguson Marine Engineering Secures Contract for Air Cushion Barge
Marine engineering specialist, Ferguson Marine Engineering (FMEL), is delighted to announce they have secured a contract to build an air cushioned barge for Mangistau ACV Solutions Ltd, a part of the CMI Offshore Ltd Group.
The 55 x 24m vessel will be the world’s first self-propelled air cushion barge, capable of carrying up to a 150 ton payload over tundra, swamps, ice and water.
George Macleod, ACB Construction Manager, commented: “We are delighted to be able to work with a Scottish shipbuilder on such a ground-breaking project. The innovative team at Ferguson Marine Engineering have proven they have the skills and experience necessary to undertake building this world-first prototype barge.”
Gerry Marshall, FMEL CEO, added: “This exciting project win is further evidence our current diversification strategy is already beginning to have a hugely positive impact on the business. Undoubtedly, these types of contracts are essential in helping secure the long-term future of the yard.”
Work on the barge officially commenced on Friday October 26 with an estimated project completion scheduled in 2019.
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