Monday, 17 December 2012

MV Hallaig Launches from Fergusons Shipyard

The 'MV Hallaig' was today launched from Ferguson's shipyard in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde.

The launch of a ship is always an exciting time, but more so these days as there are so few built on Clydeside.

She is the first of two cutting edge ‘hybrid’ ferries - the first of its kind in the world - and will be operated my Caledonian MacBrayne.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had the privilege of launching the vessel at 2 o'clock this afternoon.

The shipyard workers were on hand to ensure a safe passage as she entered the river, and it was with much pride that they saw the fruition of their many hours of skilled labour.

As always, the visitors were made to feel most welcome at this shipyard.

Crowd Begins to Gather Prior to the Hallaig Launch

Checks Before the Launch

 Hallaig Launch - Ferguson's Shipyard

Yard Workers - Ferguson's Shipyard

Launch Workers - Ferguson's Shipyard

Cheering Crowds at the Hallaig Launch

Final Burning at the Hallaig Launch

Nicola Sturgeon Who Launched the Hallaig at Ferguson's Shipyard

 Final Work Taking Place - Ferguson's Shipyard

 A Wet Bottom at the Hallaig Launch 

Hallaig Launches from Ferguson's Shipyard

 Nicola Sturgeon with 19 year old apprentice Jill Hughes after the Launch
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