Community meetings over new Islay ferries

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Two meetings are to be held in Islay to engage with communities on the requirements and specification of a new ferry operation between Kennacraig and Islay.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) will host the meetings on March 23 at Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle (ICCI) in Bowmore and on March 24 at Ramsay Hall in Port Ellen.

The two-hour meetings will start at 5.30pm and include a 30-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session with representatives from CMAL, CalMac and Transport Scotland.

The new Islay ferry is the next major vessel to be ordered for the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service and will complement the service provided by MV Finlaggan, although will be developed with a clear focus on freight.

The Islay route is one of the busiest services for freight on the Clyde and Hebrides network. Sufficient passenger accommodation will also be designed to meet anticipated demand.

The project is in its early stages, with a naval architect consultancy, naValue GmbH, appointed by CMAL to support the feasibility analysis of the project as well as the tender programme to award a shipbuilding contract.