MV Loch Linnhe
MV Loch Linnhe arriving at Kilchoan
|Owner:||Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited|
|Port of registry:||Glasgow|
|Builder:||R.Dunston, Hessle, North Humberside|
|In service:||4 July 1986|
|Class and type:||ro-ro vehicle ferry|
|Length:||30.2 m (99.1 ft)|
|Beam:||10 m (32.8 ft)|
|Draught:||1.5 m (4.9 ft)|
|Installed power:||6-cyl Volvo Penta|
|Propulsion:||2 × Voith Schneider Propellers|
|Speed:||9 knots (17 km/h; 10 mph)|
|Capacity:||200 passengers and 12 cars|
MV Loch Linnhe is a Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited ro-ro car ferry, built in 1986 and operated by Caledonian MacBrayne After over ten years at Largs, she was the summer vessel on the Tobermory – Kilchoan crossing from 1999 to 2017.
The four vessels are based on the design of MV Isle of Cumbrae. They have a second passenger lounge, on the port side, reducing the capacity of the car deck to 12. The wheelhouse is painted red and given a black top, as she has no funnels as such.
MV Loch Linnhe replaced MV Canna on the Lochaline – Fishnish crossing in July 1986. After one month, she moved to the Largs – Great Cumbrae crossing, in place of MV Isle of Cumbrae, She operated this crossing with her sister ship, MV Loch Striven for eleven years, until 1997, when Loch Striven was replaced by another sister, MV Loch Riddon.
In 1998, after an earlier winter season on the service, Loch Linnhe moved to the Tarbert – Portavadie crossing, previously operated in the summer by MV Rhum and then MV Bruernish. In early 1999 she was replaced by MV Isle of Cumbrae and became the summer vessel on the Tobermory – Kilchoan crossing. In the winter seasons, she is usually relieved by MV Raasay for overhaul at Ardmaleish, followed by relief duties. She has seen relief service at Raasay, Iona, Gigha, Eriskay, Fishnish, Lochaline, Lismore and Bute.
In Summer 2017, Loch Linnhe was displaced on the Tobermory to Kilchoan route by MV Loch Tarbert owing to rising vehicle traffic on that route. Loch Linnhe became a spare/relief vessel.
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