Ukrainian refugee cruise ship docked on Clyde 'close to capacity' 

MS Ambition was chartered to provide temporary accommodation for those fleeing conflict in the country.

Glasgow Ukrainian refugee cruise ship docked in Govan ‘close to full capacity’ STV News

A former cruise ship docked in the River Clyde in Glasgow housing Ukrainian refugees is close to full capacity, with around 1,120 people currently on board. 

The Scottish Government chartered the MS Ambition, which is docked near Braehead, to offer temporary accommodation for people fleeing the Russian invasion. 

They are due to be placed in suitable longer-term accommodation with host families or other housing.

The figures came to light as chief superintendent Mark Sutherland presented the Greater Glasgow police quarterly report covering July to September at a Safe Glasgow Partnership meeting last week. He said officers are providing support. 

Chief superintendent Sutherland said: “We have MS Ambition docked at King George V docks – there are approximately 1,120 people on board. We continue to work in the local area and with partners developing welcome packs to make sure they have access to policing services and other services where they need them.”

People living on MS Ambition have access to restaurants, shops, child play areas and other facilities according to reports.

It is understood to have 714 cabins.

The Glasgow-based ship arrived in Scotland in September – joining another vessel, MS Victoria, which is a temporary home to Ukrainians in Leith, Edinburgh.

Giving an update on the situation in Glasgow, the police report said: “MS Ambition, docked at King George V Dock, Govan, has the ability to accommodate up to 1,400 persons. At time of writing, approximately 1,120 persons are currently aboard.”

It added: “Police Scotland have been working with partners to provide a welcome pack, containing local information, customs, currency information and access to key local services.

“Local Community officers and Safer Communities colleagues have maintained regular liaison with staff dockside and on the ship, to provide visibility and reassurance.”

It is understood more than 15,000 people have travelled from Ukraine to Scotland since Russia’s invasion in February.

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