THE chief executive of Ferguson Marine has hailed the yard's workers after MV Glen Sannox set sail for the first time under her own power. 

The vessel used her own propulsion to leave her berth at the Port Glasgow yard to get her sea trials programme underway on Tuesday. 

It was an important moment for the overbudget and overdue ferry, which was originally due to be finished alongside her sister ship Glen Rosa in 2018.

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David Tydeman, CEO of Ferguson Marine, said: “Glen Sannox confidently left the quayside under her own propulsion for the first time. She sounded her horn and began the first in a series of rigorous sea trials. 

"We began with the anchor and moved onto propulsion and manoeuvring tests. This will continue for the rest of the week. 

"I would like to thank my colleagues at the shipyard and the team at CMAL for their hard work in achieving this key milestone.”