Photo Credit: Mark Nicolson

The Mallaig-Lochboisdale new vessel project will replace the existing vessel, MV Lord of the Isles, aiming to increase the resilience and reliability of the service whilst reducing emissions.

Presentation and Q&A from virtual community meeting

29 March 2022

We held a virtual community meeting on Wednesday 16th March to share details of both the new Mallaig-Lochboisdale vessel project and Gasay infrastructure project.  A recording of the online meeting is available to view:

A Q&A document from the community meeting can be found here: Mallaig-Lochboisdale vessel project Q&A March 2022

Questions and comments regarding the project can be emailed to


Webinar to share details of project

8 March 2022

We are hosting an online webinar to share details of the new Mallaig-Lochboisdale vessel project and Gasay infrastructure project

The webinar will take place on Wednesday 16th March between 19:00 and 20:00, and anyone with an interest in the projects is welcome to join.

You can join via this link – please note you will be held in a waiting room until the presentation starts.

This will be the first public meeting for these projects. Details of the work carried out so far will be shared, and how the projects will develop in the coming months as they move towards further public consultation and detailed design.

Representatives of CMAL, ferry operator CalMac, Transport Scotland, and Mallaig Harbour Authority will attend to discuss details of the projects. A copy of the presentation, the recording and the Q&A document will be available here after the event.


Stakeholder and community engagement

A communications and engagement plan for the project is being produced to ensure the needs of users and communities are identified and responded to and met, as far as practical and affordable, during the design and construction phases and operation of the vessel once delivered.


Low emission vessel

In line with Scottish Government climate change commitments, the project will aim to deliver a lower emissions vessel utilising the latest proven technologies.

Feasibility studies will be undertaken to understand the ability to install the necessary power and equipment to accommodate energy storage systems and shore power and the cost of these upgrades.


Best practice and continuous improvement

The project will take note of lessons learned from other vessel delivery projects, including the new Islay ferries project, as well as the 2017 Audit Scotland report into Scottish ferry services, and the recently published report of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee inquiry into the procurement and construction of ferries in Scotland.

A first independent assurance review of the project has been undertaken. Formal Gateway Reviews will be undertaken at key milestones during the course of the project.


Contact the project team

Questions and comments regarding the project can be emailed to