Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) has invited four shipyards to bid for the contract to build two new ferries for Islay:
- Damen, Romania
- Remontowa Shipbuilding
- Sefine Denizcilik Tersanecilik Turizm
- Cemre Marin Endustri
The contract will be awarded no later than the end of March 2022.
The new vessels will have greater vehicle capacity than the current vessels on the route (FINNLAGAN and ISLE OF MULL), and will have significantly lower energy requirement. They will be designed with a clear focus on freight, including the capability to operate a possible overnight freight service.