The major new units of CalMac’s West of Scotland fleet taking shape at Port Glasgow are to bear the much loved names of august predecessors.
Glen Sannox will be the first to enter service next year, fittingly named after the renowned Arran beauty spot. Glen Sannox should be launched by the time you read this with some fitting out already in hand while on the slip. The following year will see the arrival of her sister, due to see her future on the Minch serving the Outer Hebrides.
I detect a recent and understandable morale boost at CalMac with two advanced dual fuel Scottish built ships on the way and business like too, that I can see from the artist’s impression. In addition, CalMac’s newest completed ship may indeed be their smallest, but she was spectacularly delivered in 40 days for CalMac’s most recent route, only taken over in July, to Kerrera off Oban. Named Carvoria, the little craft is already in service and replaces the Gylen Lady between Kerrera and the mainland at Gallanach, approximately 2 miles south of Oban. The 12 metre-long new vessel has capacity for just 12 passengers and 1 car, or small van or truck. Due to vehicle restrictions on Kerrera, she will only rarely carry cars.
She was built by Malakoff Ltd at its new facility at Greenhead, Lerwick, Shetland, only the second vessel completed there. Carvoria was lifted into Lerwick harbour where an inclining test was conducted before being loaded onto a Northlink vessel taken to Aberdeen and trucked to Oban harbour for fi nal fitting out.
CalMac stated “The team at Malakoff has been working extremely hard to build our new ferry. They’ve done a fantastic job in 40 days to ensure we have the new ferry in place for the island of Kerrera. The replacement ferry will offer islanders and visitors a more comfortable crossing and has greater cargo carrying capacity than the (former) ferry”.
With two Honda outboard motors powering her, she looks to be a practical and economical vessel for the task.