FERGUSON Marine has confirmed that scheduled sea trials of the Glen Sannox ferry WILL go ahead despite delays to its handover. 

The Telegraph revealed earlier this week that the vessel was set to make her first trip under her own propulsion as part of a trials programme later this month. 

We then broke the news on Friday that the handover of the overbudget and overdue ferry had been pushed back to May due to crucial components not being delivered on time. 

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However a shipyard spokesperson told the Telegraph that the changes to Glen Sannox's timeline for delivery will not impact the plans for it to start sea trials on February 7.

If the Clyde is calm, Glen Sannox will undergo testing at the quayside between February 7 and 12, with the vessel set to make her maiden trip to Greenock's Inchgreen Dry Dock on February 13.

Locals will then be able to see Glen Sannox making longer trips along the front of Inverclyde on February 14 and 15, with the plan being to take the vessel as far as Gourock.