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New management team sought for shipbuilder Ferguson

Jim McColl at Ferguson shipyard Image copyright Sandy Young
Image caption Jim McColl's firm, Clyde Blowers Capital, has already re-hired 30 former Ferguson shipyard staff

The new owners of the former Ferguson shipyard in Inverclyde have launched an international search for a management team.

Clyde Blowers Capital has hired a global recruitment agency to find senior staff, including a new managing director, for the facility.

Clyde Blowers, owned by entrepreneur Jim McColl, bought Ferguson from administrators earlier this month.

It has since been renamed Ferguson Marine Engineering.

The new owners have already announced plans to create 80 jobs at the site in Port Glasgow within 10 weeks.

A total of 30 former employees were re-hired immediately, with a further 40 under contract to start in mid-November.

The rest of the jobs will be filled by external recruitment.

Glasgow-based Clyde Marine Recruitment has been tasked with finding a new managing director, several senior managers and a naval architect.

The search will be led by Marine's specialist agency, Red the Consultancy.

'Bright future'

Gavin McCallum, chief operations officer at Clyde Blowers Capital, said: "We have moved quickly to secure the future of this shipyard by employing some of the former workers.

"With the help of expert and specialist recruiters who have a truly global reach, we will put in place a team that will ensure Ferguson Marine Engineering has a very bright future.

"This is a new beginning for one of the most famous Scottish shipyards that will have a hugely positive impact on the economy of the local area and along the banks of the River Clyde up into Glasgow.

"And this is only the beginning. By hiring world class management, we are confident this yard will soon be competing on the global stage and accessing new markets."

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