CMAL currently owns 31 ferries plus an additional unit leased from Maritime Leasing Ltd. All of these ferries are operated by Calmac Ferries Ltd (CFL) on routes to the islands and peninsulas of the West of Scotland except for the Canna which is operated by Rathlin Island Ferries Ltd in Northern Ireland.
The smallest vessels can carry 5 cars and up to 143 cars or 20 HGVs can be accommodated on the Loch Seaforth. The total fleet value at 2015 is £138m.
The largest ferry in the fleet is the MV LOCH SEAFORTH which was built by Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft MBH and Co KG, Flensburg, Germany in 2014. The MV LOCH SEAFORTH serves the Ullapool – Stornoway (Lewis) route, and can accommodate 142 cars and 700 passengers.
Most recent addition
MV CATRIONA is almost 150ft long and can take up to 150 passengers, 23 cars or two HGVs..
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.
Steel was cut in February for our two new ferries being built by Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd (FMEL), marking the start of construction on the £97 million vessels.
The new 100m, roll on roll off vehicle passenger ferries are designed to carry 127 cars or 16 HGVs or a combination of both and up to 1,000 passengers. The ships will be capable of operating across a range of drafts and speeds to meet the requirements of the operator to service a wide range of ports and routes.
The ferries will be dual-fuel vessels so they can operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and marine gas oil. LNG is significantly cleaner and has been adopted by ferry operators in Northern Europe in response to tighter emissions regulations.
MV CATRIONA’S sea trials are scheduled for summer 2016 and she will enter service following testing and certification. The route for this ferry will be announced by CalMac Ferries Ltd in July/August 2016.
The £12.3 million vessel is a further investment by the Scottish Government in CMAL’s Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service fleet and is the first ship built by Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd (FMEL), who was awarded the contract in September 2014, following their purchase of the Ferguson Shipbuilders business. The previous two hybrid vessels were also built in the same yard.