MV Loch Ranza

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MV Loch Ranza approaching Ardminish
MV Loch Ranza approaching Ardminish
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Name: MV Loch Ranza
Namesake: Lochranza
Owner: Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited
Operator: Caledonian MacBrayne
Port of registry: Glasgow
Route: TayinloanGigha
Builder: R.Dunston, Hessle, North Humberside[1]
Yard number: H955
Launched: 1987
In service: 16 April 1987
Identification: IMO number: 8519887[2]

Callsign: GJGJ

MMSI Number: 232003370
Status: in service
General characteristics
Class & type: ro-ro vehicle ferry
Tonnage: 206 GT
65 DWT[3]
Length: 30.2 m (99.1 ft)[1]
Beam: 10 m (32.8 ft)[1]
Draught: 1.5 m (4.9 ft)
Installed power: 6-cyl Volvo Penta
Propulsion: 2 × Voith Schneider Propellers
Speed: 9 knots (17 km/h; 10 mph)
Capacity: 200 passengers and 12 cars
Crew: 3

MV Loch Ranza is a Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited ro-ro car ferry, operated by Caledonian MacBrayne, serving the island of Gigha.

History[edit]

MV Loch Ranza was the last of four drive-through ferries built in the 1980s by Dunston’s of Hessle, to cope with increasing traffic on CalMac's smaller routes.[4]

Layout[edit]

The four vessels were based on the design of MV Isle of Cumbrae.[4] They had a second passenger lounge, on the port side, reducing the capacity of the car deck.[4]

Service[edit]

MV Loch Ranza replaced MV Rhum on the LochranzaClaonaig crossing in April 1987. After only 5 years, she was replaced by the larger MV Loch Tarbert. Loch Ranza moved to the TayinloanGigha crossing in July 1992, where she has remained since.[4]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "MV Loch Ranza". CalMac. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ships Index: L6". World Shipping Register. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Loch Ranza". Ships of Calmac. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Loch Ranza - History". Ships of Calmac. Retrieved 4 October 2009.