MV Loch Buie

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MV Loch Buie approaching Iona
MV Loch Buie approaching Iona
History
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Name:
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
Identification:
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.

History[edit]

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]

Layout[edit]

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]

Service[edit]

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


Footnotes[edit]

  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.