CMAL currently owns 30 ferries. All of these ferries, which are operated by Calmac Ferries (CFL), Rathlin Ferries on routes to the islands and peninsulas of the west of Scotland, can carry vehicles from 5 to 123 cars. The total fleet value is £83m.
Equipped with a wide range of facilities and features designed to ensure safe and comfortable journeys for passengers, all ferries are specially built for the ports they serve yet are still interchangeable, and able to serve different crossings.
One of CMAL’s goals for the future is to ensure that all of our ferries are less than 30 years old. Find out more about our fleet using the links to the left.
The largest ferry in the fleet is the MV Isle of Lewis which was built by Fergusons Shipbuilders Ltd of Port Glasgow in 1995. The MV Isle of Lewis serves the Ullapool – Stornoway (Lewis) route, and can accommodate 123 cars and 970 passengers.
Most recent addition
The most recent addition to the fleet is the MV HALLAIG, launched in 2012 at Ferguson Ship Builders in Port Glasgow. MV HALLAIG operates between Sconser and Raasay.
The oldest of the fleet is MV Eigg, built in 1974 by James Lamont & Co Ltd of Port Glasgow and in service since 25th Feb 1975.
We are in the process of building two of the world’s first sea going diesel-electric hybrid ferries. The first, MV Hallaig, was launched on the 17th December 2012 and is currently undergoing sea trials on the Clyde. The new ferry will enter service in September 2013. The second hybrid ferry, the MV LOCHINVAR, was launched in May 2013 and will enter service at the end of 2013. Find out more at the hybrid ferries project page. A new ship for the Stornoway-Ullapool route, the MV LOCH SEAFORTH, is also under construction in Germany, due to begin construction in September 2013 and launch in February 2014. Please visit the ferrries page to find out more.