Virtual community meeting for new Islay ferry

The new ferry will complement the service provided by MV Finlaggan.

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Design and planning for a new ferry to serve Islay and Jura will be up for discussion at an online community consultation in January.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL), in partnership with CalMac Ferries Limited and Transport Scotland, will host the event which is aimed at engaging the island communities and community stakeholders in the design and planning process for the new vessel.

The meeting will provide communities with an update on the new vessel feasibility studies, which have been ongoing throughout 2020.  Key considerations in the extensive range of studies have included: passenger and vehicle requirements; maximising vehicle capacities – particularly for freight; forecast demand; operational requirements; requirements and arrangements for passengers and crew; accessibility; vessel operating speed and timetable; port fits, limitations and improvements; emission and fuel consumption analysis; air quality; reliability, manoeuvrability and seakeeping; shore power and overnight noise; benefits and disbenefits, and costs (capital and operational).

Options for vessel capacities will be presented based on the outcomes of the feasibility studies.  Attendees will have the opportunity to share their views and comments and ask questions during the meeting.

The virtual event will take place on Thursday, January 14, 6.30pm to 8.30pm and will be hosted on Microsoft Teams, which is free to download online.  To participate, please register via Eventbrite at www.islayvessel.eventbrite.co.uk  The event is open to everyone with an interest in the new vessel.

All presentations will be available on the CMAL website after the meeting and an updated Q and A document will be published.

Questions, or any other queries, regarding the project can be emailed to islayvessel@cmassets.co.uk  Alternatively, you can write to Jim Anderson at Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited, Municipal Buildings, Fore Street, Port Glasgow, PA14 5EQ.

The new Islay ferry is the next major vessel to be ordered for the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service.  It will complement the service provided by MV Finlaggan.