MV Pentalina approaching Gills Bay
|Port of registry:||Kirkwall|
|Route:||Gills Bay - St Margaret's Hope|
|Builder:||FBMA Marine yard, Cebu, Philippines|
|Maiden voyage:||6 February 2009|
|In service:||30 March 2009|
|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|
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. She arrived in St Margaret's Hope on 9 December 2008, and entered service by 30 March 2009.
MV Pentalina was designed by the naval architects, Sea Transport Solutions of Australia. The catamaran form has a steel hull with aluminum superstructure. She is a highly technical vessel designed to handle the rough seas off the north coast of Scotland. Her overall length is 70m, beam 20m. She has been fitted out with a sundeck and two lounges.
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