MV Coruisk

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MV Coruisk Approaching Craignure, 8 May 2017.jpg
Arriving at Craignure from Oban, 8 May 2017.
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Namesake: Loch Coruisk in the heart of the Cuillin of Skye
Owner: Caledonian Maritime Assets
Operator: Caledonian MacBrayne
Port of registry: Glasgow
Builder: Appledore Shipbuilders, Bideford, Devon[1]
Cost: £6 750 000
Yard number: 190
Launched: 3 May 2003[2]
Completed: 2003
In service: 14 August 2003
Status: in service
General characteristics
Class and type: ro-ro vehicle ferry
Tonnage: 250 DWT[2]
Length: 65 m (213 ft 3 in)[1]
Beam: 14 m (45 ft 11 in)[1]
Draft: 3.05m
Installed power: Machinery: 6M20 each rated at 1000kW @ 1000 rpm
Propulsion: Two Schottel Rudder Propellers type STP 1010
Speed: 14 knots
Capacity: 249 passengers and 40 cars

MV Coruisk is a Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited ferry built in 2003, operated by Caledonian MacBrayne and serving the west coast of Scotland.


Following her launch at Appledore's yard in early 2003, Coruisk left on her delivery voyage on 2 August. She carried out berthing trials on the Clyde before taking over the Mallaig to Armadale route on 14 August. She was officially named at Armadale by Baroness Ray Michie of Gallanach at a special ceremony.[4]

Initial technical problems required MV Pioneer to resume the service for some time. On 24 August, Coruisk lost power and struck a reef at the Mallaig harbour entrance, losing one of her propulsion units. She went to the Clyde for repairs and did not return to Mallaig that season. The following winter season at Dunoon was only slightly more successful, with slow berthing and many passenger complaints adding to her worsening reputation. [4] Subsequent seasons have been less eventful. A temporary modification is made for the winter seasons to accommodate the gangways at Wemyss Bay and Rothesay.


The design of Coruisk is unique.[4] As well as bow and stern ramps, allowing drive-through operation, she also has a port side ramp, allowing side-loading on the Clyde in winter months. The bow ramp is protected by an open visor, similar to those found on Orkney and Shetland inter-island ferries. Clearance on the car deck is 5.1m.[4]

Above the car deck are two passenger decks, one containing the main lounge areas with toilets and a small shop/kiosk. A small external deck area on the same level, both fore and aft of the lounges, has stairways leading to the open deck above. Crew accommodation is on the upper deck. Sitting even further up, the bridge gives the master a view down over bow and stern.

Schottel electric azimuth thrusters incorporate rotating pods protruding beneath the hull, with two propellers on each. Although similar to Voith Schneider units, the vessel proved much harder to control and manoeuvre.


Until 2016, Coruisk was the sole vessel on the Mallaig to Armadale service in summer, relieving on the Upper Clyde in winter (when MV Lochnevis adds Armadale to her Small Isles roster). Since 2011, when the company's Dunoon service became passenger-only, Coruisk mainly relieved at Rothesay. During the winter period, Coruisk often provides a support service for the Argyll Ferries service from Gourock to Dunoon.[5] In March 2014 she ran into the pier at Dunoon sustaining serious damage but managed to make her own way to Greenock to be assessed for repairs.[6]

In 2016, Coruisk became the second vessel on the Oban - Craignure route alongside MV Isle of Mull during the summer timetable period.[7] She was replaced at Mallaig for the 2016 season by the much smaller MV Lochinvar, MV Loch Bhrusda and MV Lord of the Isles (in between the latter's Lochboisdale - Mallaig sailings). This reshuffling of the Mallaig fleet has been largely criticised by campaigners calling for Coruisk to remain at Mallaig with MV Lord of the Isles.

In January 2017, it was announced that Coruisk would remain on the Oban - Craignure route for a second summer season: the Skye crossing being operated by MV Lord of the Isles and MV Loch Fyne. This arrangement is expected to continue[8] until MV Glen Sannox enters service on the Ardrossan-Brodick ferry crossing in summer 2019, and Hull 802 enters service on the Uig Triangle in spring 2020. Coruisk may then return to service on the Mallaig-Armadale ferry crossing in summer 2021 and then serve alongside MV Lord of the Isles.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c "MV Coruisk". CalMac. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Coruisk". Ships of Calmac. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
  3. ^ "Coruisk - IMO: 9274836". Shipspotting. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d "History of Coruisk". Ships of Calmac. Retrieved 10 October 2009.
  5. ^ "Coruisk makes first winter support trip on Gourock-Dunoon run". Argyll News. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Gourock ferry MV Coruisk seriously damaged in pier crash". VesselFinder. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Increased service to Mull starts". CalMac. 25 March 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Anger at CalMac decision on Skye ferry". BBC. 10 January 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017.