New Lismore ferry close to completion

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Lismore’s new passenger ferry is getting ready for delivery in December.

Lady of Lismore, the new all-steel 12-metre replacement vessel designed by Keel Marine in Petersfield, will be launched next month for sea trials and certification by Maritime and Coastguard Agency surveyors before steaming 302 nautical miles north to Port Appin on Loch Linnhe.

She is being built by Mainstay Marine Solutions Ltd in Pembrokeshire and will have a crew of two with room for 23 passengers all year round and a cruising speed of eight knots.

Argyll and Bute’s Policy Lead for Roads and Infrastructure Services, Councillor Rory Colville, said: ‘We’re looking forward to taking delivery of the new Lady of Lismore and hope it will serve Lismore island residents, businesses and visitors to the island for many, many years.’