MV Finlaggan

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Arriving in Port Askaig, Islay, May 2019.
History
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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]
Launched: 30 June 2010
Completed: 2011
Identification:
Status: in service
General characteristics
Type: ro-ro vehicle and passenger ferry
Tonnage:
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: [3]

MV Finlaggan 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.

History[edit]

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.[4] She had further problems with her bow doors,[5] requiring withdrawal from service for overhaul of her hydraulic systems in Birkenhead.[6][7]

Layout[edit]

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.[3] 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.[8]

Service[edit]

Finlaggan has taken up the KennacraigIslay route, releasing MV Isle of Arran. During the winter months, she often relieves on the Uig Triangle.[1][9]

Footnotes[edit]

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

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