MV Loch Striven

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MV Loch Striven Approaching Oban, 9 May 2017.jpg
Approaching Oban from Lismore, 9 May 2017.
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Namesake: Loch Striven, to the north of Bute
Owner: Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited
Operator: Caledonian MacBrayne
Port of registry: Glasgow
Route: ObanLismore
Builder: R.Dunston, Hessle, North Humberside[1]
Yard number: H952
Launched: 1986
In service: 4 July 1986
Status: in service
General characteristics
Class and type: ro-ro vehicle ferry
Length: 30.2 m (99.1 ft)[1]
Beam: 10 m (32.8 ft)[3]
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: 203 passengers and 12 cars[3]
Crew: 3

MV Loch Striven 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 spent 16 years on the Raasay crossing. Since 2014, she is has been stationed on the Oban - Lismore crossing.


MV Loch Striven was the first of four drive-through ferries built in the 1980s by Dunston’s of Hessle, to cope with increasing traffic on CalMac's smaller routes.[4]


The four vessels are based on the design of MV Isle of Cumbrae.[4] They have a second passenger lounge, on the port side, reducing the capacity of the car deck to 12.[4] The wheelhouse is painted red and given a black top, as she has no funnels as such.[4]


Loch Striven joined MV Isle of Cumbrae on the LargsGreat Cumbrae crossing in July 1986. After one month, MV Loch Linnhe replaced Isle of Cumbrae. The two new vessels continued at Largs for over ten years. In 1997, Loch Striven moved to Raasay, replacing the Island Class ferry, MV Raasay and remained at Raasay for 16 years.[4] In 2013, she was displaced from Raasay by the new hybrid vessel MV Hallaig, and following her annual overhaul on the Clyde that winter she operated the Tarbert - Portavadie/Lochranza service. In April 2014, Loch Striven returned to her original station at Largs and operated the secondary roster alongside MV Loch Shira until June 2014, when she moved to the Oban - Lismore route.


  1. ^ a b "MV Loch Striven". CalMac. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Loch Striven - IMO 8512293". Shipspotting. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Loch Striven". Ships of Calmac. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Loch Striven - History". Ships of Calmac. Retrieved 20 December 2009.