Europe’s biggest, UK’s biggest and now UK’s first….in Scotland. Wha’s like us?


(c) (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

We heard recently of Europe’s biggest hydrogen-powered bus fleet in Aberdeen, the UK’s biggest hydrogen cell installation, also in Aberdeen:

Europe’s biggest hydrogen-powered bus fleet and now the UK’s biggest hydrogen cell installation are both in Scotland

Now we see the First minister launching the UK’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) ferry, the 102m MV Glen Sannox in Port Glasgow. The First Minister described her (the ferry) and her soon to be launched sister ship as ‘state-of-the-art ferries [which] are more sustainable, therefore contributing to Scotland’s world-leading climate change goals. They are also capable of carrying more vehicles and benefiting the communities that rely on them.’

The Glen Sannox will run on the Ardrossan to Arran line, carry 1 000 passengers, 127 cars or 16 HGVs and far too many pints of beer for those often choppy waters.

The second vessel is yet to be named. I think a public competition is out after the Boaty McBoatface incident. A bridge-naming competition in Slovakia, in 2012 produced the winning choice by 74% of ‘Chuck Norris Bridge’ after the notorious gun-toting and NRA champion film ‘star’. It’s called the ‘Freedom Cycling Bridge’ now. Boring? Any mention of the MV Glen Campbell will lead to another competition to guess what the MV might mean in his case.


4 thoughts on “Europe’s biggest, UK’s biggest and now UK’s first….in Scotland. Wha’s like us?

  1. Clydebuilt November 22, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    Hope there’s photos of this ship in today’s papers. . . Cmon Fergusons & Jim McColl

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  2. Alasdair Macdonald November 23, 2017 / 11:32 am

    It is clear that our shipbuilders and other metal fabricators can produce high quality and innovative products. It is essential that we invest in new technology, hopefully through a new Scottish Investment Bank to keep a cutting edge and use procurement procedures to ensure that Scottish manufacturers can compete in an unrigged market.


  3. Big Al November 23, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    I went along to watch the launch. In the dreich weather I got talking to a couple of people. Didn’t take long till I discovered at least one of them was a swivel eyed Yoon. Once she told me that democracy is only valid for one referendum she then treated me to all the reasons she hated Nicola Sturgeon. The same Nicola Sturgeon who helped save Fergusons, secured the jobs & gave them an order for two state of the art Ferries.
    The main reason she hated the First Minister: She didn’t like the sound of her voice. I wish I was joking.
    PS I voted for Glen Sannox. Will place a guess that Hull 802 will be called MV Suilven.


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