Mid-June schedule for MV Loch Frisa

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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MV Loch Frisa is expected to make her official Oban-Craignure maiden voyage mid-June.

The vessel was due to depart Leith at the weekend and head to Oban for CalMac crew to get to know her.

MV Loch Frisa will  be phased into the Oban-Craignure timetable, in tandem with MV Coruisk, while MV Isle of Mull continues its normal timetable.

Once MV Loch Frisa takes over the full MV Coruisk timetable, MV Coruisk will go to serve the Mallaig – Armadale route.

Managing Director of CalMac Robbie Drummond said: ‘We are looking forward to adding MV Loch Frisa to the CalMac fleet and would like to thank Transport Scotland and CMAL (Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd) for their efforts in securing an additional vessel.’

Minister for Transport Jenny Gilruth said Loch Frisa was an example of government support for islands but acknowledged there was more to do.

‘The purchase and deployment of the Loch Frisa is an example of the government working to support second hand tonnage for island communities.

‘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 in the meantime to secure much-needed additional improvements for our island communities.’

As well as the Oban-Craignure summer timetable, MV Loch Frisa will run extra sailings on Tuesdays and Saturdays between June 18 and  August 20.

Those additional sailings will be at 9.10pm from Craignure and 10.25pm from Oban every Tuesday throughout the season and a 9.25pm from Craignure and a 10.30pm from Oban on Saturday nights.

 

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