Kongsberg Maritime wins £14 million Ferguson Marine contract

(from left to right) Liam Campbell, Managing Director FMEL, and Mark Bruce, Business Manager, LNG and Merchant Marine, Kongsberg Maritime Ltd

Kongsberg Maritime has been awarded Engineering, Procurement, Construction & Installation (EPCI) contracts with the Glasgow-based shipbuilder and marine fabricator, Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited (FMEL).

The contracts, worth more than £14 million, cover deliveries of two 100 meter ferries for Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL). The ferries will be ‘dual-fuel’ vessels so they can operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and marine diesel, and are designed to carry 127 cars or 16 HGVs, or a combination of both and up to 1,000 passengers, and will incorporate the latest technology and innovation.

Mark Bruce, Business Manager, LNG and Merchant Marine, Kongsberg Maritime Ltd said “This contract signifies the beginning of a working relationship between KONGSBERG and Ferguson Marine and one that we hope to develop in the coming years. With the vision and investment that Ferguson Marine has shown in the last two years it is an excellent partnership to help deliver high quality vessels with the latest marine technology on board, highlighting the capabilities of Scottish shipbuilding.”

The contracts include supply and integration of the electrical, telecom and integrated control systems, project management, interface management and engineering services at all stages.

Cables, installation and installation materials for the above systems are also included. In addition, a significant technology scope of supply includes; switchboards, automation, propulsion control, navigation systems, and radio/satellite communications. The engineering and construction phase is estimated to be two years.

“Since the offshore market has weakened we have put more focus on Electrical, Instrument and Telecom (EIT) packages for merchant vessels. Our tailor made solutions, with in-house and procured technology provide tangible efficiencies for both yards and owners. This is reflected by our second contract for an EIT package in a short time for ferries and RoPax vessels,” says Egil Haugsdal, President, Kongsberg Maritime.

Liam Campbell, Managing Director FMEL, said: “Our business aim is to ensure a higher level of innovation and service delivery to ensure our position as one of the best fabrication yards in Europe. In order to do that, we have carefully selected key suppliers who are world class, have a reputation for providing ‘state of the art’ high quality equipment and have a clear focus of delivery on time. We look forward to working closely with Kongsberg Maritime to ensure successful delivery of these two ferries and on many future contracts.”