Progress on new Ker­rera ferry

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

SIG­NIF­I­CANT progress has been made on the con­struc­tion of the re­place­ment ferry for the link be­tween the is­land of Ker­rera and the main­land south of Oban at Gal­lanach.

The new ferry, named MV Car­vo­ria, is be­ing con­structed by Malakoff Lim­ited at its ship­yard in Shet­land for Cale­do­nian Mar­itime As­sets Lim­ited (CMAL).

Steel­work fab­ri­ca­tion is now draw­ing to a close af­ter a pe­riod of in­ten­sive con­struc­tion and work is turn­ing to­wards fit­ting out the ves­sel in prepa­ra­tion for sea tri­als, due to be­gin on Au­gust 7.

Kevin Hobbs, chief ex­ec­u­tive of CMAL, said: ‘The cer­e­mony marks the of­fi­cial start of the build of the new ferry and we’re de­lighted to see con­struc­tion get un­der way. We will work closely with Malakoff to main­tain progress on the build and we look for­ward to bring­ing the new ves­sel to the is­lan­ders on Ker­rera later this sum­mer.’

The 12-me­tre ves­sel will be called MV Car­vo­ria and will re­place the ex­ist­ing ferry MV Gylen Lady. Al­though sim­i­lar in size and de­sign, a num­ber of im­prove­ments have been made to en­sure pas­sen­ger com­fort and greater cargo car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity to the is­land. It will be op­er­ated by CalMac, which took over the route on July 1 this year.

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