Ferry News March – April 2024

The launch of MV Glen Rosa at the Ferguson Marine shipyard at Port Glasgow, on 9 April 2024, is one of two covered in the latest Scottish Ferry News

The latest edition of Scottish Ferry News covers all known movements by members of the CalMac fleet in March and April 2024.

John Newth provides CRSC with regular Ferry News updates

Scottish Ferry News is available here. Like previous editions, it is available only to paid-up CRSC members.

If you wish to read this authoritative update on Clyde and West Highland ferry movements, and have not yet joined CRSC (introductory membership for the first year with full benefits: £15), click here.

Scottish Ferry News is an invaluable resource for enthusiasts and professionals who wish to track where vessels have been, what overhauls took place and which routes were affected by weather disruptions and vessel substitutions.

We are grateful to John Newth, compiler of Scottish Ferry News, for monitoring the complexities of CalMac ship movements.

The latest edition of Scottish Ferry News records the overhauls of vessels such as Argyll Flyer and Chieftain at Ardmaleish, with Ali Cat covering during their refit periods, as well as the larger ferries Isle of Lewis at Aberdeen, and Hebrides and Finlaggan at Birkenhead. The prolonged absence of Caledonian Isles, together with her return (now delayed until the autumn) and the cover provided on the Arran services is also described.

The frequent changes between routes of the smaller ‘Loch’ class vessels are also covered in detail, Loch Bhrusda managing to clock up an incredible fourteen visits to slipways and piers – some just for one night – while moving around the network.

Vessels chartered by CalMac to provide services when a regular vessel is transferred to another route are covered, as are those chartered to carry out sailings when a regular ship has broken down.

The launches of the new, and much needed ferries Isle of Islay in Turkey, and Glen Rosa at Port Glasgow also feature.

The above details are just a sample. There is a lot of fascinating information in Scottish Ferry News, clearly and precisely laid out — all of it awaiting your inspection and dissection.

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Relief ferry Ali Cat seen at Kilcreggan pier on 15 March 2024

Newly returned to service after repairs at Greenock, Loch Tarbert prepares for another crossing to Portavadie on 25 April 2024

Temporarily serving on the crossing to Fishnish, Loch Linnhe is seen on a wet afternoon at Lochaline on 16 March 2024

Launched on 16 March 2024 at the Cemre Shipyard in Turkey, Isle of Islay is due to be delivered and in service before the end of the year.

On 29 April Loch Riddon played her part in transporting heavy loads to Cumbrae for the government-funded Millport Flood Protection Programme

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Published on 31 May 2024