In the Herald today:
Jim McColl rejects blame over ferry fiasco
A Scottish Government shipbuilding expert said a failure to agree on designs before controversial ferry contracts were signed played a major part in the fiasco which has led to costs soaring and delays of at least five years.
Evidence provided by Commadore Luke van Beek has been put forward by Jim McColl the tycoon who headed Ferguson Marine as he hit back at claims that past issues caused by his shipyard firm were a prime cause of the problems.https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/23231911.jim-mccoll-rejects-blame-ferry-fiasco/
van Beek was the subject of a Freedom of Information request in 2018 which resulted in the following response from the person requesting it:
Dear Scottish Ministers,
Thank you for the information. From reading correspondence from this response and from other FOI requests it shows that Commodore van Beek was not acting as an independent ‘expert’ as engaged by Scottish Ministers and in one FOI he gives his personal thoughts in December 2018 that he recommended to managers at Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd that they should mount a ‘legal challenge’ against Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd. This is hardly an independent view and Scottish Ministers would be well advised, in my view, to refrain from engaging this gentleman for any future such contracts in Scotland.https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/contract_between_scottish_minist