MV Lochnevis

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MV Lochnevis Departs Mallaig, 11 May 2017.jpg
Departing Mallaig, 11 May 2017.
United Kingdom
Namesake: Loch Nevis
Owner: Caledonian Maritime Assets
Operator: Caledonian MacBrayne
Port of registry: Glasgow
Builder: Ailsa Shipbuilding Company, Troon[1]
Cost: £5,500,000
Launched: 8 May 2000[2]
In service: 1 November 2001
Status: in service
General characteristics
Class and type: Roll-on/roll-off vehicle ferry
Tonnage: 941 GT[4]
Length: 49 m (160.8 ft)[1]
Beam: 11.4 m (37.4 ft)[1]
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

MV Lochnevis is a Caledonian Maritime Assets ferry, launched in 2000. She is operated by Caledonian MacBrayne, serving the Small Isles of Scotland.


Lochnevis was launched by Rev. Alan Lamb and[2] Sarah Boyack at Ailsa Shipbuilding, Troon on 6 May 2000 and entered service on 1 November 2001.


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.[2] 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.[2]

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.[2]

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).[2]


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.[2]

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.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "MV Loch Nevis". Caledonian MacBrayne. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "History of Lochnevis". Ships of Calmac. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  3. ^ "Ships Index: L6". World Shipping Register. Archived from the original on 2009-06-20. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  4. ^ "Lochnevis". Ships of Calmac. Retrieved 2010-04-24. 

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