Malakoff secures work
Ferry contract awarded to Lerwick builder
The replacement ferry for the island of Kerrera will be built by Malakoff of Lerwick.
The ferry, which will maintain the link between the small island of Kerrera and the mainland south of Oban at Gallanach, will be built in the town and delivered to the charterer Calmac Ferries in Oban in August.
The 12-metre-long vessel will be called MV Carvoria and will replace the existing ferry MV Gylen Lady. Although similar in size and design, a number of improvements have been made to ensure passenger comfort and greater cargo carrying capacity to the island.
Kevin Hobbs, chief executive of CMAL said: “The order for the new vessel MV Carvoria follows the investment in port infrastructure at Kerrera last year.
“The replacement of the mainland slipway at Gallanach was accompanied by a replacement slipway and new breakwater on Kerrera at a cost of nearly £2m.
“We are confident that these recent investments will give the “lifeline” island transport links a genuine boost, improving passenger experience and furthering the resilience of the service.”
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: “This contract award is excellent news and marks another significant step forward in the process to secure the future of this important transport link.
“It’s also very pleasing to see Shetland shipyard Malakoff, win the contract to build this new vessel, helping support the local economy of another important part of our island communities.
“The Scottish Government has financially supported the Kerrera ferry service since 2013 and also invested in significantly upgrading the berthing facilities on both sides of the crossing. This new vessel underlines our continued commitment to ensuring this important link remains resilient and reliable.”
The MV Carvoria will be the second boat to be laid down in the new boatbuilding facility which was opened last month to allow Malakoff to better meet the needs of the marine industry.