Seven New Ferries For Scotland

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Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd, in partnership with Transport Scotland and CalMac, is commencing a major programme to replace up to seven small ‘loch class’ vessels serving the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services network.

The programme timeline has not been finalised, but it is expected the procurement process for the replacement vessels will begin within the next 12 months.


CalMac Acts to Support Passengers at Largs Cumbrae

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CalMac is to bring in extra staff to help support passengers who end up in long queues on the Largs Cumbrae route.

Current restrictions on board due to the ongoing Covid crisis means average capacity across CalMac’s fleet is running at around 35% compared to normal.

The extra staff will be on hand to assist and advise passengers on the route which, due to a combination of good weather and capacity restrictions required by social distancing, has seen lengthy waiting times recently.

Queues of up to three hours have impacted day trippers, tourists and islanders trying to get to and from the popular island of Great Cumbrae.

Record Investment In Calmac Ferry Overhaul Programme

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CalMac is investing a record amount in keeping its fleet in ship shape condition during this year’s winter maintenance programme.

More than GBP 9 million is being targeted at vessel resilience responding to the challenges of an increasing average age of fleet. This is in addition to the annual planned maintenance expenditure to ensure every vessel is ready for another year of supporting communities across the west coast. The resilience programme is more than double the amount spent last year.


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Finnlines Is On Track

The Finnlines Group’s results for January–September were:

  • +0.6% Revenue = EUR 450.8 (447.9) million
  • +6% EBITDA = EUR 136.8 (129.0) million
  • +8.6 Result = EUR 81.8 (75.3) million

In spite of the slowdown in the Finnish economic growth, Finnlines still is on track to achieve another excellent result.

Strong Financial Returns For Scotland’s Ferry Operator

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Transport and logistics operator, David MacBrayne Ltd, which operates CalMac Ferries has seen an increasing number of passengers visiting the iconic Scottish western isles.

For the first time, CalMac carried more than 5.6 million passengers and more than 1.4 million vehicles as part of yet another year on year increase.

  • +2.3% Revenue = GBP 215 million (210)
  • +69% Profit before tax GBP 7.1 million (4.2)


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SAAREMAA I Enters Service On Matane – Baie-Comeau – Godbout

Société des traversiers du Québec will finally have a ferry to relieve FÉLIX-ANTOINE-SAVARD, which in its turn was a stop-gap solution for the ill-fated F. -A. -GAUTHIER.

The latter experienced engine damage in December. The dual-fuel LNG ferry built by Fincantieri in 2010 is still being repaired

Calmac Set To Take Over Gourock – Kilcreggan Route

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According to reports, CalMac will take over the Gourock – Kilcreggan Route from Greenock-based firm Clyde Marine ‘within weeks’.

The route is currently the responsibility of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) but talks are continuing over the transfer of power to Transport Scotland, which is expected to award a contract to CalMac to operate the service.