Derek Mackay MSP attends naming ceremony for first vessel at publicly owned yard

MSP for Renfrewshire North and West, Derek Mackay, welcomed the official naming of the first vessel to be completed at Ferguson Marine in Inverclyde since the yard came into public ownership.

Derek Mackay MSP welcomed the official naming of the first vessel to be completed at Ferguson Marine since the yard came into public ownership.
Derek Mackay MSP welcomed the official naming of the first vessel to be completed at Ferguson Marine since the yard came into public ownership.

The Helen Rice, a support vessel for the salmon-farming sector, was lifted into the Clyde at Port Glasgow and handed over to Inverlussa Marine Services, a family-owned business based on the Isle of Mull.

Economy Secretary for the Scottish Government, Derek Mackay MSP, who attended the naming ceremony, said: “This is another significant milestone as we start the journey to a new sustainable future for Ferguson Marine.

“This is a Scottish-built vessel, provided to a Scottish customer and serving the needs of the Scottish aquaculture industry. It is hugely encouraging that the yard has been able to support our island economies in this way.

“My aim for the last two years has always remained the same – to keep the yard open and not just to finish the vessels currently being built, but to secure a future for the company in the years ahead. The high quality of the workmanship on the Helen Rice is a tribute to the skills of the Ferguson workforce.”

Derek Mackay MSP with Camilla Wilson who named the new vessel 'Helen Rice'.
Derek Mackay MSP with Camilla Wilson who named the new vessel ‘Helen Rice’.

Inverlussa Marine Services managing director Ben Wilson said: “We were delighted to build this vessel in Scotland. I would like to thank Ferguson Marine and their workforce for delivering such a well-crafted vessel. 

“We are looking forward to Helen Rice starting work providing important services to the Scottish fish farm industry. The delivery of this vessel continues our strategy of investing in the best vessels and crew.”

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