Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL), after consultation with the Scottish Government and Cowal Ferries Ltd, has determined that their vessel MV Jupiter is at the end of its working life and will be sent for recycling in accordance with the UK ship recycling strategy.
MV Jupiter was launched on 27th November 1973 at James Lamont and Company yard, Port Glasgow and entered service on 19th March 1974. The vessel primarily sailed on the Gourock to Dunoon route, but also, on occasion, the Wemyss Bay to Rothesay service and passenger only cruise voyages in and around the Firth of Clyde. The Jupiter was the oldest of the “Streakers” and when it is sent for recycling, only the Saturn will remain.
The vessel has been laid up in “hot standby” at Roseneath in recent months whilst the Saturn has been operating the Gourock to Dunoon route.
The UK ship recycling strategy is a DEFRA strategy and applies to all vessels above 500 gross tonnes that are owned by the UK Government and its agencies, and is supported in its aims and application by the Scottish Government.
The objective of the strategy is to:
- Develop a strategic approach to the recycling of UK-flagged vessels consistent with the UK’s national and international sustainable developments commitments.
- Encourage, through provision of guidance, the development of UK capacity for recycling end of life vessels in an environmentally sound manner.
A broker will be appointed to identify facilities capable of recycling the vessel to the required environmental, health and safety standards.
The vessel is in possession of a “Green Passport” issued by Lloyd’s Register of Shipping; this being an inventory of the materials it is constructed from and has on board as part of its outfit. This is designed to assist in ensuring the standards are met.
CMAL Director of Vessels, Andrew Duncan, can confirm the vessel will be recycled in accordance with all applicable legislation and with reference to International Maritime Organisation Guidelines on ship recycling.
Notes to Editors
- CMAL own property at piers and harbours at more than 24 locations throughout Scotland and is embarking on a programme of investment and improvements which will create better facilities.
- In addition to its pier and harbour facilities, CMAL owns 30 ferries which are leased to CalMac Ferries Ltd and Cowal Ferries Ltd for use on ferry services on the Clyde and Hebrides.
- CMAL is a publicly owned company with Scottish Ministers as the sole shareholder.
- For more information about CMAL visit: www.cmassets.co.uk
Elise McDonald, Golley Slater.
Tel: 0141 204 7800 / 0131 272 2733