September 20, 2019

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) has appointed naval architecture consultancy, naValue GmbH, to support the project for the new ferry to operate on the busy Islay route.

Flensburg-based naValue GmbH was founded in 2019 by three well-known partners (photo: Thomas Ritte, Carsten Ortloff and Jens Heyer) who had previously assumed leading roles and positions in Ship Design, Project Management, R&D, Quality Management, Sales and After Sales & Warranty at the Flensburg shipyard.

Scottish Ministers have agreed that the next major CalMac vessel to be commissioned will be for Islay. The Islay ferry project is now in its early stages and is being led by Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL), CalMac and Transport Scotland. The project will be shaped by consultation with the island community and a robust business case.

The new ferry will be designed to complement the service provided by FINLAGGAN, which currently operates on the Islay route, although it will be developed with a clear focus on freight, including the capability to operate a possible overnight freight service. The Islay route is one of the busiest services for freight on the Clyde and Hebrides network, and the incoming ferry will support the island’s growing demand. Sufficient passenger accommodation will also be designed to meet anticipated passenger demand.