MV Finlaggan

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Arriving in Port Askaig, Islay, May 2019.
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Name: MV Finlaggan
Namesake: Finlaggan
Owner: Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited
Operator: Caledonian MacBrayne
Port of registry: Glasgow
Route: Kennacraig - Islay
Ordered: 2007
Builder: Remontowa, Gdansk, Poland
Cost: £25 million[1] (US$40.1 million)
Launched: 30 June 2010
Completed: 2011
Status: in service
General characteristics
Type: ro-ro vehicle and passenger ferry
Length: 89.8 m (295 ft)
Beam: 16.3 m (53 ft)
Draught: 3.4 m (11 ft)
Installed power: 2 × Wärtsilä 8L32 (2 × 4,000 kW at 750 rpm)
Speed: 16.3 knots (30.2 km/h; 18.8 mph) (trials)
Capacity: 550 passengers; 85 cars
Notes: [4]

MV Finlaggan (Scottish Gaelic: Fionnlagan) is a drive-through vehicle and passenger ferry built in Poland for Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited. From 2011, she has been operated by Caledonian MacBrayne on the Islay service from Kennacraig.


MV Finlaggan was built in Gdańsk for the Kennacraig - Islay route. Launched on 30 June 2010,[1] she arrived in Scotland in May 2011. During trials, she developed engine problems, forcing cancellation of the inaugural sailing.[5] She had further problems with her bow doors,[6] requiring withdrawal from service for overhaul of her hydraulic systems in Birkenhead.[7][8]


Finlaggan is of ro-ro design with bow and stern ramps. She is the first CalMac ship to have "clam shell" bow doors, that open sideways.[4] The car deck is partially open at the stern and has a mezzanine deck capable of taking an additional 18 cars.[1]

She has three passenger decks, two with external panoramic seating. There is a restaurant, shop, and two disabled lifts serving all decks. Entering through doors on the car deck, stairs provides access to a lounge with a bar/coffee shop, games room and baggage storage. A further staircase, with a statue in the middle, goes to an upper deck which has the cafeteria, a lounge with dog areas, a children's play area and televisions.[9]


Finlaggan has taken up the KennacraigIslay route, releasing MV Isle of Arran. During the winter months, she often relieves on the Uig Triangle.[1][10]


  1. ^ a b c d "The Sea Route to Islay - The Journey to Finlaggan". CMAL. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  2. ^ a b "MV Finlaggan". Ship AIS. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  3. ^ "MV Finlaggan". Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b "MV Finlaggan Information Leaflet" (PDF). Caledonian MacBrayne. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  5. ^ "CalMac's £25m ferry breaks down before maiden trip". Scotland on Sunday. 29 May 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2011.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Alastair Dalton (20 June 2011). "Islanders fear for economy as faulty ferry causes disruptions and anger". The Scotsman. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  7. ^ Rita Campbell (9 July 2011). "Jinxed ferry to set sail once again after embarrassing breakdowns". Press and Journal. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  8. ^ "MV Finlaggan now arriving at Birkenhead for repairs". For 21 June 2011. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  9. ^ "CMAL take delivery of MV Finlaggan in Gdansk, Poland". CMAL. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  10. ^ "Islay Ferry". Isle of Islay. Retrieved 7 December 2012.

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