New Oban ferry takes Mid Ar­gyll road trip

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A NEW CalMac ferry ar­rived by road in Ar­gyll this week.

The ferry, for CalMac’s new Oban-Ker­rera route, was taken from Aberdeen to Ar­gyll on Wed­nes­day Au­gust 16 via Perth, Stir­ling, Bal­loch, In­ver­aray, Lochgilp­head and from there to Oban. MV Car­vo­ria was re­cently com­pleted for Cale­do­nian Mar­itime As­sets Ltd (CMAL) by Shetland boat­builder Malakoff Lim­ited of Ler­wick.

Malakoff con­firmed the trans­port truck left Aberdeen at 9.30am and headed to Perth for an ex­pected mid­day ar­rival, be­fore trav­el­ling to Stir­ling and the A811 to Bal­loch, up the A82 and Loch Lomond to Tar­bet, then con­tin­u­ing on the A83 through In­ver­aray, pass­ing through Lochgilp­head just after 4.30pm, be­fore tak­ing the A816 north to Oban. The 12me­tre long MV Car­vo­ria will re­place the MV Gylen Lady.

Kevin Hobbs, chief ex­ec­u­tive of CMAL said: ‘The or­der for the new ves­sel MV Carvo- ria comes hot on the heels of the in­vest­ment in port in­fra­struc­ture at Ker­rera last year.

‘The re­place­ment of the main­land slip­way at Gal­lanach was ac­com­pa­nied by a re­place­ment slip­way and new break­wa­ter on Ker­rera at a cost of nearly £2mil­lion.

‘We are con­fi­dent these re­cent in­vest­ments will give the life­line is­land trans­port links a boost, im­prov­ing pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence and fur­ther­ing the re­silience of the ser­vice.’

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MV Car­vo­ria passed through Lochgilp­head dur­ing one of the day’s heav­ier show­ers.

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