McColl has blamed "interference and disruption" on the part of CMAL
for the hold-up.
At the core of this problem is a dispute between Ferguson's and CMAL
, over the nature of the contracts to build the new ferries.
Yet, while decisions taken by CMAL
involve hundreds of millions of pounds, I can find no record of any Holyrood committee or Audit Scotland taking a serious look at their record of performance - far less of any minister accepting responsibility.
"Public control will provide much-needed continuity of employment and ensure the completion of the CMAL
ferry contracts at the lowest possible cost to the taxpayer," he said.
Grenville Johnston, CMAL
's chairman, said: "We warmly welcome Tom to the CMAL
Representatives from CMAL
and CalMac will attend the meetings along with consulting engineer, Mott MacDonald and the appointed contractor, George Leslie Limited.
I have formed a programme review board to establish a new delivery programme to ensure the completion of the CMAL
ferry contracts at the lowest possible cost to the taxpayer.
Ferguson Marine has blamed the hold-ups on "interference and disruption" by Caledonian Maritime Assets (CMAL
), which buys and leases CalMac vessels.
Meanwhile there's the fiasco at Port Glasgow where the Scottish Government's CMAL
feuds with the SNP's pet shipbuilder, Jim McColl, over a [pounds sterling]61 million dispute while two desperately needed ferries lie uncompleted and the ageing CalMac fleet struggles to cope.
A Scottish Government spokesman said: "It is vital that the outstanding CMAL
contract to build the two new ferries is completed.
Ferguson's says it needs more cash to finish the work but Scottish Government offshoot CMAL
, refuses to hand over any more money.