MV Loch Buie

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MV Loch Buie approaching Iona
MV Loch Buie approaching Iona
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Namesake: Loch Buie on Mull
Owner: Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited
Operator: Caledonian MacBrayne
Port of registry: Glasgow
Route: Fionnphort to Iona
Builder: J W Miller & Sons Ltd, St Monans[1]
Cost: £
Yard number: 1045
Completed: 1992
In service: 1 July 1992
Status: in service
General characteristics
Class and type: ro-ro vehicle ferry
Tonnage: 295 GT[3]
Length: 30.2 m (99 ft)[1]
Beam: 10.0 m (33 ft)[1]
Draft: 1.6 m (5.2 ft)
Installed power: Machinery:
Speed: 9 knots (17 km/h; 10 mph)
Capacity: 250 passengers and 9 cars
Crew: 4

MV Loch Buie is a Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited ferry built in 1992. She is operated by Caledonian MacBrayne on the crossing to Iona.


Launched in 1992, Loch Buie underwent trials on the Forth, and was delivered to the west coast through the Caledonian Canal.[4]

On her first day in service at Fionnphort, she struck the concrete ramp, damaging one of her Voith-Schneider units. Repairs followed on the Clyde and she returned to service in the summer.[4]


Loch Buie's layout is similar to the original ‘Baby Loch’s’ of 1986 and 1987.[4] Her car deck can take two lanes of cars, with a passenger lounge on each side. An additional lounge straddles the car deck, towards the bow. This produces a height restriction for vehicles and reduces her suitability for other routes where drive-through operation for high vehicles is required.[4] The additional lounge means her passenger certificate allows up to 250 passengers.

Her stern ramp was extended after a few years, avoiding the risk of passengers getting wet feet, and making it easier for large vehicles to board from the steep slipways.[4]


Built for the Iona service, Loch Buie rarely sails on other routes.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "MV Loch Buie". CalMac. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ships Index: L6". World Shipping Register. Retrieved 1 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Loch Buie'". Ships of Calmac. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "History of Loch Buie". Ships of Calmac. Retrieved 1 December 2009.