MV Lochnevis calls at Canna
|Owner:||Caledonian Maritime Assets|
|Port of registry:||Glasgow|
|Builder:||Ailsa Shipbuilding Company, Troon|
|Launched:||8 May 2000|
|In service:||1 November 2001|
|Class and type:||Roll-on/roll-off vehicle ferry|
|Length:||49 m (160.8 ft)|
|Beam:||11.4 m (37.4 ft)|
|Installed power:||Cummins KTA-38-M2 vee type|
|Propulsion:||Machinery: 3 × 12-cyl. 4 S.C.S.A. (159 mm × 159 mm (6.3 in × 6.3 in)) reduction geared to three directional twin propeller units. 3,039 bhp (2,266 kW). Two athwartship thrust propellers forward.|
|Speed:||13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph)|
|Capacity:||190 passengers and 14 cars|
Lochnevis' appearance is dominated by a large stern vehicle ramp. This allows her to berth a considerable distance from a slipway, protecting her exposed Azimuth thrusters in shallow waters. She can carry 190 passengers and 14 cars, although due to vehicle restrictions on the Small Isles, she usually carries few vehicles. The car deck is also used for goods for the islands. The starboard gangway entrance is used at Canna.
Forward of the car deck is crew accommodation, with the cafeteria, serving area, and galley above. On the next deck, the observation lounge has seating arranged diagonally. Officers' accommodation lies forward of the lounge, while heavy side doors lead to the open deck.
Passengers can enjoy the view ahead from an open bow - a rarity on current Western Isles ferries. Aft of the lounge is outside seating, again laid out in a diagonal arrangement. Further aft are the fast rescue craft (port) and a single funnel and the hydraulic goods crane (starboard).
Lochnevis replaced the 20-year-old MV Lochmor on the Small Isles service. She serves the islands of Eigg, Canna, Rùm and Muck from Mallaig, taking 7 hours for a round of the four islands, compared with ten hours by her predecessor. Initially, Lochnevis, like Lochmor, at islands apart from Canna, was met by a ferry boat. In the years following her introduction, new piers and slipways have been built on all the islands, allowing Lochnevis to berth stern-to.
During the winter, Lochnevis adds the Mallaig – Armadale roster. In the early years, she was relieved by MV Pioneer, but since that vessel's sale, MV Raasay, MV Loch Bhrusda and various charter boats have been used.
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