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Ferry tales, a bit like fairy tales, as long as they’re not Scottish

While the sad state of ferry building (and hate campaigns by some passengers and activists) in Scotland means I really have withdrawn from my past days of light-hearted reviews of the various shenanigans that go on in that area, that doesn’t mean I ignore it, or might mention general, rather than specific cases.

Looking at recent news, for example Scottish Govt Takes Over Ferguson Shipyard, suggests somebody, somewhere, is doing something wrong.

Given the Clyde’s past history of shipbuilding, this definition of ‘fairy tale’ seem kind of appropriate to today’s situation, “Colloquially, the term “fairy tale” or “fairy story” can also mean any far-fetched story or tall tale; it is used especially of any story that not only is not true, but could not possibly be true.

Currently, this definition doesn’t apply, at least not here, “the term is also used to describe something blessed with unusual happiness, as in “fairy-tale ending” (a happy ending) or “fairy-tale romance”.

It’s more like a Danish fairy tale, where the Danes seem to be able to build electric ferries without the problems that seem to beset Scottish efforts:

Electric ferries have been running in Norway since 2015, but none nearly as large as the 195-foot long Ellen. This ferry can carry up to 30 cars (electric cars, we’d hope) and 200 passengers, and is powered by a 4.3 megawatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack made by conversion company Leclanche.

World’s largest electric ferry completes maiden voyage

Had Scotland NOT made such a dog’s dinner of the two ferries mentioned in the Ferguson story, it MIGHT just have had the lead in a rapidly developing market for such ferries, as revealed in this article:

All-electric ferry cuts emission by 95% and costs by 80%, brings in 53 additional orders

There’s more on this ferry from its beginnings in 2014/2015, including pics that show some of its details, including the fact that it is a catamaran.

Ship Photos of the Day – World’s First All-Electric Ferry

Ampere electric car ferry Pic credit Siemens

Ampere electric car ferry Pic credit Siemens

Apart from some very small, and rather successful, yards, I don’t think anyone has any reason to look this way if they want a ferry built – certainly not bases on performance/management/delivery.

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16/09/2019 - Posted by | Civilian, Maritime, Transport | ,

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