New Ar­ran ferry named

The Oban Times - - News -

THE new ferry to run be­tween Ar­drossan and Brod­ick on the Isle of Ar­ran has been named MV Glen San­nox af­ter a pub­lic vote.

The MV Glen San­nox was a land­slide win­ner among a short­list of four names, beat­ing Goat­fell, Glen Iorsa and Hut­ton, re­ceiv­ing nearly 50 per cent of the votes in a com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by Cale­do­nian Mar­itime As­sets Lim­ited (CMAL).

The orig­i­nal MV Glen San­nox, which launched in 1957, was a car ferry built on the Clyde for the Ar­ran route, and later served We­myss Bay, Gourock, and Mull, be­fore be­ing sold for ser­vice in the Red Sea, where she ran aground at Jed­dah and sank in 2000.

The new 102-me­tre MV Glen San­nox is the first of two dual fuel ves­sels be­ing built by CMAL at the Fer­gu­son Marine En­gi­neer­ing Ltd ship­yard in Port Glas­gow. The ferry will be ca­pa­ble of op­er­at­ing on liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas (LNG) and marine gas oil (MGO).

Kevin Hobbs, CEO at CMAL, said: ‘ We are de­lighted with the pub­lic’s choice. Glen San­nox re­flects Ar­ran’s his­tory and her­itage, bring­ing back to life the name of the first pur­pose-built car ferry that ser­viced the Isle of Ar­ran.

‘Thank you to ev­ery­one who took part and voted and congratulations to Mairi Brown, who won our nam­ing com­pe­ti­tion. We look for­ward to wel­com­ing her to the ferry launch later this sum­mer.’

The ves­sel is ex­pected to en­ter ser­vice in the sec­ond half of 2018.

A com­pe­ti­tion to name the sec­ond ferry, Hull 802, will be launched later this sum­mer.

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