MV Pentalina

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MV Pentalina approaching Gills Bay
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Name: MV Pentalina
Owner: Pentland Ferries
Port of registry: Kirkwall
Route: Gills Bay - St Margaret's Hope
Ordered: 2007
Builder: FBMA Marine yard, Cebu, Philippines
Cost: est £10-15m
Yard number: 1025
Launched: 2008
Maiden voyage: 6 February 2009
In service: 30 March 2009
Homeport: Kirkwall
Status: In Service
General characteristics
Tonnage: 2382 GT, 360dwt
Length: 70 m (230 ft)
Beam: 20 m (66 ft)
Draft: 2.2 m (7 ft)
Speed: 15kt (service); 19.7kt (maximum)
Capacity: 350 passengers, 58 cars[1]

MV Pentalina is a 70m RoPax catamaran ferry purchased by Pentland Ferries in 2008 to operate between Gills Bay, Caithness and St Margaret's Hope, Orkney.


MV Pentalina was built in Cebu, Philippines, starting in February 2007. She was ready to launch in April 2008, but there were delays in installing equipment. The 10,000 mile journey from the Philippines to Scotland was delayed by bad weather, forcing a short detour to Salalah, Oman.[1] She arrived in St Margaret's Hope on 9 December 2008,[2] and entered service by 30 March 2009.[citation needed]


MV Pentalina was designed by the naval architects, Sea Transport Solutions of Australia. The catamaran form has a steel hull with aluminum superstructure.[3] She is a highly technical vessel designed to handle the rough seas off the north coast of Scotland.[1] Her overall length is 70m, beam 20m. She has been fitted out with a sundeck and two lounges.


MV Pentalina replaced MV Claymore, crossing the Pentland Firth, between Gills Bay, Caithness and St Margaret's Hope, Orkney.[4] She makes the crossing in one hour.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Pentalina - Catamaran Ferry". Retrieved 29 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Pentalina arrives home". Orkney Today. Retrieved 29 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "FBMA Marine Hull 1025 - Pentalina Launch". Aboitiz. Retrieved 29 March 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Welcome to Pentland Ferries". Pentland Ferries. Retrieved 4 October 2009.