CMAL is constantly working to maintain, improve and enhance vessels and pier & harbour facilities. Here you can find information on the latest projects we’re working on.
The first piece of steel was cut on the 16 September 2013 for the MV LOCH SEAFORTH, the replacement ferry on the Stornoway-Ullapool route, marking the start of construction on the new vessel.
In March 2013, CMAL appointed an in house Chartered Surveyor to review and manage the Building and Property assets around the CMAL network.
A shining example of renewable energy at work, solar-powered marine lanterns or ‘aids to navigation’ routinely guide thousands of vessels safely through channels, ports and harbours around the world.
HALLAIG has recently undergone a successful initial set of sea trials. The trials were to prove the various systems, speeds and equipment on board. The ship even operated for a time on the batteries alone, achieving her design speed, and the sense of a ship moving through the water almost silently was a little disconcerting at first for those on board. Immediately people christened this the ‘stealth mode’.
A cutting edge ferry, which is the second of two unique ‘hybrid’ vessels, was launched on the Clyde today at Ferguson's shipyard in Port Glasgow. The ferries are being built following a Scottish Government investment worth over £20 million, which has continued the proud heritage and tradition of shipbuilding on the Clyde.
Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) announced on 22nd June 2012 that the contracts had been formally signed to build the new Stornoway-Ullapool ferry. The new 116m Roll On Roll Off vehicle passenger ferry will be capable of operating 24 hours a day and will have a capacity for up to 700 passengers, and 143 cars or 20 commercial vehicles. The new vessel is scheduled for delivery at the end of June 2014 and will go into service shortly thereafter.
CMAL has planned civil maintenance projects at various piers to be conducted throughout 2012-2013. The piers include: Brodick, Portavadie, Lochaline, Lochboisdale, Clonaig, Colintriave and Rhubodach, Cumbrae, Fishnish and Tarbert (Harris).
In February 2011 the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Keith Brown confirmed Scottish Government funding to Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) for the Low Emission Hybrid Ferries Project, which has seen the world’s first sea going Roll On Roll Off vehicle and passenger diesel electric hybrid ferries being built in Scotland.
Work is being undertaken at Port Ellen and Kennacraig harbours which will deliver improved berthing facilities and accommodate the new vessel MV Finlaggan.
MV Finlaggan was built in Remontowa yard in Gdansk, Poland. The new vessel is a modern Ro-Ro Euro Class B passenger ferry with capacity for 550 passengers and 85 cars, as well as coaches and commercial vehicles. The ferry was delivered in May 2011 and will serve the Islay route between Port Ellen and Kennacraig.
Work is being undertaken at Kennacraig to remove the sunken barge from near the ferry berth. The five week project will get underway at the start of May 2010, and is vital to allow the new MV Finlaggan ferry currently being built to berth at the harbour in future.
CMAL are undertaking a £6m project to rebuild the historic pier in Largs, Ayrshire. This project is vital in safeguarding the future of the pier which dates back to 1834. The new pier will provide shelter to the slipway, and overnight berthing for both the MV Loch Shira and MV Loch Riddon, the ferries operating on the route to the Isle of Cumbrae, as well as provide improved facilities for local fishermen and other pier users.