Highlands & Islands

New ferry for Stornoway-Ullapool route starts sea trials

MV Loch Seaforth on the Clyde Image copyright David Kirkwood
Image caption The MV Loch Seaforth on the Clyde

A ferry built for Caledonian MacBrayne's Stornoway-Ullapool route is undergoing sea trials in Scotland.

Built in Germany, the £41.8m MV Loch Seaforth was at Ullapool and on the Clyde earlier this week.

Once in service, it will be able to take 700 passengers, 143 cars or 20 commercial vehicles.

The vessel was named after the Loch Seaforth, a mail boat that sailed between Lewis and the Scottish mainland between the late 1940s and early 1970s.

The new ferry will replace the MV Isle of Lewis.

Image copyright Alastair Armitstead
Image caption The Loch Seaforth, left, and Isle of Lewis pictured near Ullapool

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