The ferries are now three years overdue, less than half built and are predicted to cost £110 million more than originally estimated. Hair says that the ships are “significantly less than half built” and that 95% of the ships design has not been agreed with CMAL more than four years after the ships were ordered. He said that more naval architects and engineers have been taken on to deal with this. The shipyards executive said that the planning process for changes to the design under the yards prior to nationalisation was “either absent or badly flawed”:
The number of £110m [the extra money needed to finish the project] has been arrived at from a very detailed examination of the two vessels and an understanding of the work that needs to be done in order to bring them up to a viable standard.It is a very significant number but it is a number that has been based on as rigorous an assessment as we’ve been able to carry out. It’s one where I am confident we can deliver the two vessels for that amount.
Committee member and Tory MSP Peter Chapman said people would find the situation “absolutely incredible”.
How the heck do you get to £110m, which is more than what the original cost was to start from scratch with a pile of steel and nothing?
In a letter to Lockhart, convenor the Scottish Government’s Net Zero committee, Ferguson Marine’s turnaround director says that in the week before Christmas 2021, engineers unwound coils that had been installed in late 2018/early 2019 and found some of them were too short to reach the necessary equipment. After three weeks of investigation, Ferguson engineers believe that at least 400 cables will need to be addressed, with the worst case requiring 939 cables to be replaced. The faulty cables were installed by a sub-contractor before the shipyard went into administration – none of the cables were installed after the Scottish Government took control of the yard. Most or all the vables will need to be cut out and the process started again. Hair says it is not currently possible to determine the impact on schedule and cost of the problem. Hair:
I regret to advise you that a problem has recently emerged with the build of 801 which I thought I should immediately bring to your attention. Commissioning and further cable installation cannot take place until the legacy cables are corrected, delaying the overall project to deliver 801. There will inevitably be knock-on effects that will delay the schedule for 802. At present it is not possible to determine the impact on schedule and cost.
The Arran Ferry Action Group raises concerns about the absence of a key hull feature required for the Glen Sannox to operate efficiently at 14.5 knots. Additional confusion arises over the divergence of design between Glen Sannox and sister ship Hull 802, which were intended to be identical in design and specification. Chairman Sam Bourne:
It is such a terrible mess. The whole thing is complete confusion and it affects the performance of the boats. Fitting a ducktail now is bound to further delay the completion of the vessel. And if it is needed on 802 why is it not on Glen Sannox which has the same hull. You are going to have two boats that do not meet the spec that was given and are not identical. If one has it and the other hasn’t it just won’t meet the performance targets set. If the boats don’t meet the performance specifications, CMAL can refuse it and then who owns these vessels. If you have an inefficient hull form, they will cost more money to operate, and the green criteria they try to hit, you can throw those in the bin. Serious questions have to be asked of those who run the businesses at the time to allow this.
We are satisfied that the vessels meet the required specification, and are continuing to work closely with Transport Scotland, Scottish Government and Fergusons to manage the delivery of the two vessels.
Ferguson Marine says the Glen Sannox will now be handed over between July and September 2022 – 15 weeks later than expected. The ship, destined for the Arran route, was originally due to enter service in 2018/19. The nationalised shipyard says Covid disruption and a shortage of local skilled labour were to blame. The comapny says it said it had only been able to recruit 40 skilled workers locally, 100 short of its target – and was now having to recruit overseas workers, via sub-contractors. The second ship, currently known as Hull 802, will be delivered between April and July 2023, according to the latest schedule. Turnaround director, Tim Hair:
I know the further delay to the project will be a disappointment to island communities and others who await the arrival of the new ferries. There remains a lot of work to do on the vessels, but it is important to recognise the level of progress too, as well as the significant operational improvements we have implemented to introduce robust and effective business processes. We have, in effect, created a functioning shipyard business from a standing start.
The ferry returns to the water after dry dock works are completed. 42 tonnes of mussels were removed from the hull, its bulbous bow replaced, paint repaired, and external welding completed. Hair:
Following a period of uncertainty due to COVID-19, it has been really gratifying to see our team return to outdoor working on MV Glen Sannox. We’ve made some solid strides forward over the last few weeks on MV Glen Sannox and have slightly extended the dry dock period to take advantage of the stability of the vessel whilst stationed there to carry out some additional tasks. Now that the ferry has been brought up to its current condition and has returned to our shipyard, the next steps will include work on the superstructure, electrical work and the installation of approximately 16km of pipework.
The Glen Sannox enters the Dale Marine dry dock, a short distance down thr river from Port Glasgow, for remedial work. The ship will have its bulbous bow replaced, paint will be repaired and marine growth will be removed. The ship is due to return to the Ferguson yard at the end of August. Turnaround director Hair:
This is a key milestone in the recovery programme for the dual fuel vessels. Some work has been carried out on MV Glen Sannox at the shipyard, but the dry dock period is important because it will bring the vessel up to a condition that will allow us to move forward in earnest with the vessel completion plan. It is also another clear sign of recovery for the shipyard business and comes only weeks after the launch of a steel barge for a customer in the offshore oil and marine sector.
It emerges that the bridge of the Glen Sannox still has no windows almost two years after launch. Black shapes were instead painted on the control room of the Glen Sannox prior to launch by Nicola Sturgeon in November 2017. GMB Scotland secretary Gary Smith:
[An inquiry] will also need to establish why a ferry ‘launched’ nearly two years ago has no windows on its bridge. What appears to be windows is actually black paint.
Fake windows were painted on a couple of years ago. It’s thought it was to make the boat look more finished than it really is.
Reebok, the exclusive outfitter of the UFC, teams up with McGregor to release a new training shoe, the Sole Fury. The shoe, retailing for $90, is available exclusively on Reebok.com, Reebok stores and Champs Sports locations. McGregor spoke to MensHealth.com a day ahead of the shoe’s launch:
I think in order to do anything extraordinary in this world, you must be fearless. That’s not to say never be afraid, because we are all afraid at some stage, but just not be afraid of external things like failure.
McGregor announces the unveiling of his Proper Twelve whiskey brand via Instagram. He says he will donate up to $1 million per year of the proceeds of Proper Twelve at $5 per case to first responder organizations and charities.
Proud day! Today ‘Project Notorious’ finally comes to life with the introduction of my new Irish Whiskey; Proper 12…Born and bred in the Dublin suburb of Crumlin, Dublin 12. Proper Twelve is who I am. I wanted to make an Irish whiskey emblematic of Irish culture as a whole, and something that would showcase the great skill we possess of distilling the best Whiskey in the entire world…
McGregor withdraws his application to register Notorious whiskey as a trademark. An Irish brewer, Seamus O’Hara, objected to McGregor Sports and Entertainment Ltd company’s application to trademark the Notorious whiskey brand. O’Hara’s successful attempt to block McGregor’s application, first put through in 2016, means it has now been withdrawn. The European Union Intellectual Property Office in Spain, the office McGregor applied to, also ordered the Irishman to pay £552 in costs to O’Hara. O’Hara, the founder of Carlow Brewing Company, registered his own Notorious alcohol brand in May 2016 and argued McGregor’s trademark and his could not ‘co-exist peacefully in the market’.
Ticket prices are announced for the upcoming McGregor-Nurmagomedov fight. The UFC 229 main event fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas will cost a minimum $250 for nose bleed seats, and $2,500 for up close to the action. MMA journalist Ariel Helwani shares the range of prices to Twitter, revealing the cost of tickets for various sections of the arena. The first batch of tickets will be available on August 15 for members of the UFC’s Fight Club. UFC Newsletter subscribers will be able to purchase tickets the following day and the general public on August 17.
UFC just officially announced the ticket prices for the Khabib vs. McGregor card on Oct. 6, which go on sale this week: $2,505, $2,005, $1,505, $1,005, $755, $555, $405, $355, $305, $255, $205.
Sotheby’s announces that artworks owned by Williams, and memorabilia from his career, including autographed scripts, awards and props will be auctioned in New York on Oct. 4. The sale will include street art by Banksy and Shepard Fairey, furniture and decorative art and more than 40 watches from Williams’ personal collection. A portion of the proceeds will benefit organizations including the Juilliard School, the Wounded Warrior Project and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
The band announces their third album, Build A Tower, will be released on May 4. They also announce a tour to promote the album, with dates in Cardiff, Southampton, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Newcastle, Hull, Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Norwich, Northwich, London and Stoke.
Noodies. a company based in the UK, releases a bronze bust of McGregor, prices at $4600 (£3300). The company is also selling a “resin reinforced plaster” version of the McGregor bust for about $325 (£230).
We have produced an investment grade, bronze art object that glorifies a sportsman. We have protected it with a Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) inset into the base and sealed with the wax trademark of the designer. The unique RFID code on the device is linked to the number within the edition to make successful forgery impossible. This in itself makes our production leading edge in high end collectable (sic) art production.
The Glen Sannox is launched into the Clyde by Sturgeon, who says:
These state-of-the-art ferries 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.
Ferguson Marine’s owner, Jim McColl:
The successful launch of the MV Glen Sannox marks an important milestone in Ferguson Marine’s journey to becoming a world-class shipyard. As this is the first ferry in the UK capable of being run on liquefied natural gas and marine gas oil, not only has this been an extremely exciting and ambitious project for both FMEL and CMAL, but it has been an extremely complex one as well. The experience and knowledge gained during this project will be of enormous benefit to the competitiveness of Scottish shipbuilding in the future as technology continues to develop to meet tightening clean energy legislation,
CMAL’s Kevin Hobbs:
The use of LNG in maritime transport is a sign of our ongoing commitment to exploring new fuel technologies for ferries, as well as a wider commitment to innovation in Scotland and consideration for the environmental impact of transport.
McGregor is using his high-profile bout with Mayweather to plug his own brand of whiskey – and he says he’s going to dominate the drinks market with it. Dressed in a cream suit adorned with colourful paisley patterns, he repeatedly swigged from a glass of the whiskey – making sure it appeared in the majority of press photos. He says he plans to “take over the Irish whiskey market” with the Notorious-branded drink. Speaking at the post-fight press conference:
Boy that whiskey tastes so good. Oh s***, keep an eye out for it.
Unhappy fans take to social media to complain that McGregor-Mayweather tickets sell out in minutes, despite some tickets costing as much as £8000. Fans rushed to grab their tickets for the 20,000-capacity T-Mobile Arena at 6pm UK time, but many were not able to get tickets, even if they had ‘right to buy codes,’ which had been trading on Ebay for up to £200 in the morning.
I had a code. No tickets available. Isubmitted at 1pm sharp. Did the screen refresh, thought i timed it perfectly. nothing
David August tailoring releases a limited edition of McGregor’s ‘Eff You’ suit, which the fighter wore to his first press conference with Mayweather in Los Angeles. The $6500 suit is produced in exclusive wool in navy twill, with ‘explicit fighting words presented in a vertical repeat’. Other details include purple camouflage silk lining. Each suit will be signed by August. Production time us estimated at 12-15 weeks.
Infamy and notoriety isn’t always bad, especially in the case of one bold, brave, confident friend of ours who revels in pushing boundaries. For those interested in taking similar risks, we have recreated our original custom 3-piece suit produced exclusively for Conor McGregor and we are making it available as a limited-edition custom order.
One of Kanye West’s rarest Adidas Yeezy Boost designs, the “Zebra” Yeezy Boost 350 V2, which was first released on February 25, is expected to be re-released this month with reportedly wider availability than before. The white, black and red Adidas Primeknit design is one of West’s most sought-after Yeezy Boosts yet, with resell prices consistently averaging over $1,000 a pair. The June 24 rerelease, retailing at $240, is expected to be available on adidas.com the Adidas Confirmed app, as well as on Eastbay, Foot Locker and Footaction websites.
Perry gears up to launch her very first shoe line, Katy Perry Collections, which will open on katyperrycollections.com on February 16. Perry says she named each of the pieces in the collection after her friends and family. These include The Hillary shoe which is named after Hillary Clinton and The Lena, named after Lena Dunham.
I’ve been courting this idea for several years. For half my career, people have been asking me when I’m getting into fashion. It’s always been simmering under the surface, but I wanted to do it the right way and be the real creative contributor. This is something that I’ve created from the bottom up…I’m a big fan of very unique shoes. There are so many different vibes [in the line] because that’s who I am, and I love so many different things. They all represent my personality and the many moods and characters I’ve displayed throughout my life and career. Fashion is a way to express yourself, so I wanted to make personality pieces that will help you put an exclamation mark at the end of your wardrobe. We can say we’re funny or romantic or serious or sarcastic just by how we display ourselves.
Hooters launches a new restaurant concept near Chicago called ‘Hoots’ which will feature both male and female waiting staff and no revealing uniforms. Hoots will feature an abbreviated, one-page menu with some of the most popular items from full-service Hooters restaurants, including its classic chicken wings, in a new, scaled-down concept that’s part of the fast-casual trend
Paddy Power offers 250/1 on McGregor entering and winning WWE Royal Rumble, which takes place on 29 Jan. If McGregor did enter the Rumble he would most likely have the biggest target on his head since Vince McMahon put a $100,000 bounty out on Stone Cold Steve Austin at the 1999 edition.
McGregor releases The MacMoji emoji collection (www.macmojiapp.com), including emojis of the fighter knocking out Aldo in 13 seconds, hurling cans of Monster at Diaz, red pany night, and posing with the tricolour and piles of cash. The collection also includes The Notorious’ favourite slogans: “Get in, get rich, get out”, “the mac life” and “If you ain’t Mackin, you ain’t stackin.” The software costs £1.99 on Apple’s App Store,
SkunkLock launches an Indiegogo campaign for SkunkLock, a U-shaped lock that prevents bicycle theft by releasing a non-lethal chemical gas that induces vomiting and shortness of breath when tampered with. Skunklock says the gas is perfectly safe and can only be released by trying to cut through it with an angle grinder, and that it penetrates high-end gas masks – though most thieves are unlikely to go to such lengths. Some states have limitations on shipping chemical compounds like pepper spray, so Skunklock has an alternative formula ready for some customers.
Our formula irreversibly ruins the clothes worn by the thief or any of the protection they may be wearing.
Facebook changes its trending news feature to an automated solution, which the company says will eliminate bias caused by human curation.
Our goal is to enable Trending for as many people as possible, which would be hard to do if we relied solely on summarizing topics by hand. A more algorithmically driven process allows us to scale Trending to cover more topics and make it available to more people globally over time. This is something we always hoped to do but we are making these changes sooner given the feedback we got from the Facebook community earlier this year. the potential for bias, the Company says it will no longer rely on editors to write descriptions for the topics and would instead show users the topic and how many people are discussing it.
Samsung plans to launch a program to sell refurbished used versions of its premium smartphones as early as next year. The company will refurbish high-end phones returned to the company by users who signed up for one-year upgrade program in markets such as South Korea and the United States.
IMG will open the world’s largest indoor theme park in Dubai this month. IMG Worlds of Adventure‘s boxy exterior belies a 140,000-square meter air-conditioned interior teeming with animatronic dinosaurs, roller coasters, Marvel superheroes and Cartoon Network characters.
The Underground starts all-night Friday and Saturday services. The Central & lines will run trains through to 0530 in the morning, with others due to follow. Mayor Khan:
It will support thousands of workers who have to travel to or from work at night, it will provide huge economic benefits to our vital night-time economy and it will help Londoner’s get home quickly and safely after a night out.
Facebook releases an iPhone app, called Lifestage, that allows teens to watch clips about the lives of their classmates. Anyone can download the app, although seeing profiles of other users is reserved for those 21 years of age or younger. The social network allows users to make video clips to describe likes, peeves, dance styles, and other aspects of their character. The app is designed by Facebook product manager Michael Sayman, who is 19 years old.
Back in 2004, Facebook was all about ‘who I am’. I could post my relationship status. I could share what my favourite music was. And it was all about expressing myself. Today as Facebook has grown into so much more, we see the opportunity to explore that concept of ‘who I am’ once again, but for Generation Z in 2016.
Milestone releases a collector’s edition of Valentino Rossi: The Game. In addition to the game purchasers receive a VR46 Bracelet, VR46 Flag, MotoGP Cap and a small box with sand from the Valentino Ranch. The edition is sold out on Amazon Italy, Spain and France but is currently available for preorder on Amazon UK for £99.99.
Sanofi announces that it has launched a project to develop a vaccine against the virus, the most decisive commitment yet by a major vaccine maker. The company says its Sanofi Pasteur vaccines division would use its expertise in developing vaccines for similar viruses such as yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis and dengue. The University of South Australia also says it is working on a Zika vaccine with Australian biotech Sementis Ltd. U.S. drug developer NewLink Genetics Corp said it has started a project to develop Zika treatment options.
Al Jazeera America will shut down its cable news channel in April. While the Qatar-based news network has spent heavily to break into the U. S. market, the company says that their business model is not sustainable in light of economic challenges.
Pope Francis publishesThe Name of God is Mercy. The book makes no new leaps of doctrine, but uses a “conversational” style to discuss the Pope’s reasons for proclaiming a Holy Year of Mercy. The Pope takes particular issue with those who cast stones at others’ sins. When asked about a particular lifestyle considered sinful:
Who am I to judge? Before all else comes the individual person, in his wholeness and dignity.
BET announces auditions for the cast of a mini-series about New Edition. Auditions will take place on Saturday, January 16 in Allston. Interested parties should bear a close resemblance to a member of the band.
The NFL Network will replay the first Super Bowl ever played on Friday, January 15. The original network tapes of the broadcast were lost, and the NFL has re-created footage over several months in order to be able to build a broadcast to share. The broadcast will show the first Super Bowl game in its entirety, carefully re-constructed from piecemeal footage, with modern enhancements to color and audio. The original audio from the NBC broadcast has been found and will be layered over the film.
The New York Review of Bookspublishes a translation of Nietzsche’s Anti-Education. Translated by Searls, the book consists of five lectures given by Nietzsche to the Basel Museum in 1872. Searls seeks to strip away the revisionism of Nietzsche’s works imposed by his virulently anti-Semitic sister, Elisabeth Förster-Nietzche, who had custody of him during the later years of his life. In On Education, Nietzsche argues that the educational system of his time does not instruct students in independent thinking but resorts to “the ubiquitous encouragement of everyone’s so-called ‘individual personality.” The editors go on to describe Nietzsche as the “anti-academic.”
Ford recalls 313,000 Crown Victorias and Mercury Grand Marquis after the headlights fail. The headlight problem, caused by cracked solder joints in the lighting control module, has been known to cause 11 crashes. The recall includes vehicles from the 2003-2005 model years.
Amazon UK sends letters to customers recalling Segways after at least ten incidents of hoverboard-related fires and explosions across nine states due to faulty battery plugs. Owners are urged to take the scooters to certified disposal locations, and will receive a full refund for the purchase.
MotoGP and Italian game developer Milestone, announce the official 2016 MotoGP video game, Valentino Rossi: The Game. The gamewill allow players to retrace Rossi’s career from its beginnings to the present day, take control of a Rally car and let loose on various tracks such as the Monza Rally, participate in thrilling Flat Track races and discover the Valentino Rossi Ranch. The game is scheduled for release in June 2016 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Rossi:
I’m happy to announce that I’ll participate in the making of Valentino Rossi The Game, along with the guys at Milestone. We chose to include both the most important elements of my MotoGP career, and all the extra circuit stuff that are so important to me, like Ranch, Rally and more. It will be fun to approach the game not only as a gamer, but also as a ‘test driver’. I’ll work with the development team to make sure all fans will get the best experience they ever had.
Milestone has been developing MotoGP for a few years, but the experience we are going to offer all motorcycle racing and Valentino fans this year is quite simply unique. Players can grapple with the entire 2016 official championship, but most of all they can experience the passion, professionalism and experience of Valentino Rossi, both in and out of the championship, with exclusive rally and flat track content, as well as much more that only the number 46 can offer.
Tesla recalls 90,000 cars because of a single report of a front seat belt not being properly connected. Tesla was alerted to the seat belt issue by a customer in Europe two weeks ago and has since inspected 3,000 vehicles and its assembly process.
Tesla recently found a Model S in Europe with a front seat belt that was not properly connected to the outboard lap pretensioner. This vehicle was not involved in a crash and there were no injuries. However, in the event of a crash, a seat belt in this condition would not provide full protection.