The shipyard that won the disastrous Calmac ferry contract ran out of money after starting work on the vessels before finishing their design, the quango in charge of the fiasco has told a Holyrood inquiry.
Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) said Ferguson Marine “deviated from normal shipbuilding practice” by failing to complete their design first, then devoted “insufficient manpower” to the £97 million contract.
What’s rather more likely is that the civil servants didn’t finalise the design before sending it out for bidding. And then never did finalise the design.
But then that’s because I’m a realist about government.