New ferries for Cammell Laird
Tue, 20 August 2013
The British shipyard, Cammell Laird, has hosted a naming ceremony for the first two complete new vessels it has built in 20 years.
The two new car ferries, built for Scotland’s Western Ferries, marked the completion of an important multi-million contract for the Birkenhead based shipyard.
Linton Roberts, managing director, Cammell Laird, said: “Delivering the highest quality vessels to Western Ferries announces to international shipowners and operators that Cammell Laird is still one of Europe’s leading shipyards.”
This is a big deal for the shipyard. The last complete vessel to be built at the yard was the submarine HMS Unicorn launched in 1992.
New ferries MV Sound of Seil and MV Sound of Soayare larger and faster than their predecessors. They are also more fuel efficient and produce lower emissions, according to the yard.
They are able to carry 54 passengers and are a larger version of the ro-ro ferry MV Sound of Shuna.
Both vessels are about to finish their sea trials and will then go into service operating the Western Ferries route between Dunoon and Gourock
All four of the ferry operator’s vessels have been made in Britain at a combined cost of £17m. This is all part of the operator's drive to improve its service to customers and stay competitive.