- Estimated to be 3x as big as needed max load ever has been 340, these are sized for 1000 people. There is debate over whether these are the right ferries for the routes.
- Size, and union insistence of full services ( on a 1 hr route) means bigger crew and running costs - these will need heavy subsidy for their working lives.
- 2x over budget. Was £97m for 2, now over £200m and counting.
- In fact the shipyard was bidding £105m, but as Cameron was announcing military frigate orders on the Clyde, Sturgeon announced a price of £97m for these 2 on the same day to steal the news agenda. The yard had no option but to accept the announced "win".
- Painted windows - they were keen to make it look good for a ministerial photo-op so they painted them on ( 1st picture BBC article link below) .
- Dodgy protruding bow. The launched ferry is now in dry dock having its bow protuberance re-worked as it was "unsightly"
- Dual fuel (Bunker fuel and LNG) and allegations of cock-ups in design for this requiring engine room pipework be all done again.
- Forgot the 10s of millions needed to bunker the LNG shoreside.
- The LNG is imported from Qatatr, the only place to handle it in the UK is in Kent so its trucked up to Scotland.
- The Arran route is too short for the boat to efficiently switch to LNG anyway
- The Arran boat is also a bit big for its harbours. Tall too so on a windy day, it'll entertaining watching it dock in Ardrossan (if it goes out to sea on those days)
- The one that has been launched (but has only travelled to an adjacent quay and a short distance to a dry dock) now shows "hungry horse" syndrome where the plating shows the rib structure underneath. Symptomatic of weak plating
- There are estimates of £3-400m to complete the two of them - with statements from the shipyard owner it may be best to scrap them and start again.
For comparison, Pentland Ferries bought a 430 capacity boat from Vietnam (i.e right size for these 2) for £14m.