MV Seabus

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Name: MV Seabus
Operator: Clyde Marine Services
Port of registry: Greenock
Route: GourockKilcreggan ferry
Builder: Voyager Boatyard, Millbrook, near Plymouth[1]
Christened: 30 March 2007 at Kilcreggan Pier.
Maiden voyage: 1 April 2007
  • MMSI Number: 235052285
  • Callsign: MQBU9
Notes: designed by Jonathan Graham CEng MRINA
General characteristics
Tonnage: 60GT
Length: 19.5 m (64.0 ft)[2]
Beam: 6.2 m (20.3 ft)
Installed power: 2x 180 hp Gardner diesel engines[2]
Speed: 10.2 (max) / 8.6 knots
Capacity: 100 passengers

The MV Seabus is a passenger ferry built in 2007 for the Gourock to Kilcreggan service on the Firth of Clyde.


The Cornish-built MV Seabus was built in 2007 as a 'dedicated' passenger ferry to replace the 71-year-old MV Kenilworth on the GourockKilcreggan- Helensburgh service, across the Firth of Clyde (Tail of the Bank).[1] She provided the main ferry service, with crossings of Gare Loch to Helensburgh. The service is subsidised by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport. After re-tendering, the Helensburgh Pier part of the then 'triangular' route ceased and the contract for the Gourock to Kilcreggan route was awarded by SPT to Clydelink which bought the smaller MV Island Princess from Lymington, where she was a harbour excursion vessel and was sailed north to commence the 'new' service on 1 April 2012.[3][4] On January 16, 2014 Seabus was renamed 'Chieftain'.[citation needed]


MV Seabus brought a greater degree of comfort and safety to the route with a sealed and heated passenger cabin. Larger, roomier and more comfortable than her predecessor, she has better facilities for people with mobility problems.[1]



  1. ^ a b c "End of an era on the Clyde ferry scene". Shipping Times. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "New vessel sets sail on the Gourock-Kilcreggan-Helensburgh service". SPT. 30 March 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Argyll News: Inaugural Clydelink Kilcreggan to Gourock ferry service". For Argyll. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "BBC News - Ferry fears spark protest at historic Kilcreggan Pier". Retrieved 27 April 2012.