MV Coruisk set for Mallaig route

The newly renamed MV Loch Frisa, formerly the MV Utne, in Leith docks before joining CalMac's fleet on the Oban to Craignure run.

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CalMac has announced that subject to successful trials, MV Loch Frisa will enter service on the Oban-Craignure route in mid-June.

The ferry’s arrival means the MV Coruisk will eventually be transferred to Mallaig, where she will take up service on the Mallaig-Armadale route.

MV Loch Frisa left Leith on May 29 and will be based at Oban where it will undertake detailed familiarisation and entry-in-to-service activities.

The vessel will then progressively be phased into the Oban-Craignure timetable, in tandem with MV Coruisk, while MV Isle of Mull continues to operate its normal timetable. Once MV Loch Frisa takes over the full MV Coruisk timetable, MV Coruisk will reposition to Mallaig.

Robbie Drummond, managing director of CalMac, said: ‘We are looking forward to adding MV Loch Frisa to the CalMac fleet and thank Transport Scotland and Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) for their efforts in securing an additional vessel. Its arrival will allow us to move MV Coruisk to Mallaig, where she will take up service on the Mallaig-Armadale route.’

Minister for Transport Jenny Gilruth said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted to see the MV Loch Frisa join the CalMac ferry fleet and I look forward to making the journey to Mull in her capable hands in the near future.

‘I’m sure it will be welcomed by residents and visitors to Mull, but I know there is more to do.

‘The government recognises that having confidence in ferry services is vital for those who live and work on the islands and that’s why we have committed £580 million to fund new ferries and port investments over five years. We will continue to work with CMAL and CalMac to secure much-needed additional improvements for island communities.’