I completed all the steps for the “suspension is murder” challenge and called dawood to set up the meeting with the maelstrom, then I waited in the crane control room, but dawood never leaves his tower to come down to the barge for the meeting. I have restarted several times and each time he just stays in his tower forever.
Update: It appears that the mission story must be active for dawood to go to the barge. I have no idea why.
Yeah this can happen sometimes… very scary when you’ve worked very hard to get to that point.