FMEL to build air cushion barge

Air cushion barge deal George Macleod (left) with Gerry Marshall. Credit: FMEL

Ferguson Marine Engineering (FMEL) has secured a contract to build what is believed to be the world’s first self-propelled air cushion barge for Mangistau ACV Solutions Ltd, part of the CMI Offshore Ltd Group.

The 55 x 24m vessel will be capable of carrying up to a 150t 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 26 October with an estimated project completion scheduled in 2019.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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