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Glen Sannox Launch - 21November


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Evening All!

Well yesterday saw the launch of the newest Caledonian MacBrayne ferry, the Glen Sannox (FMEL Hull 801) from Fergusons Shipyard on the River Clyde. This is a LNG ferry which when finished, will operate the   Ardrossan-Brodick route. Sadly, the weather was somewhat... grey and wet. She is still not entirely finished, with a lot of superstructure to be added (for anyone interested, here is what she will look like: http://www.cmassets.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/16001_PHOTO_ARRIVING.jpg). She should be in service sometime late 2018/2019.

Pre-launch on the slipway:  

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 Waiting to go:

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The big splash:

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 Moving onto the fit-out berth 

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Any guesses when she, and her sister vessel, will enter service? All sorts of excuses being made by every party involved regarding this fiasco. The older CalMac ships seem to be wearing out judging by the frequency of 'Technical problems'. Must admit LOTI and Hebridean Isles seem to be toddling between ports as usual, but the major engine problem on Loch Seaforth is highlighting the state of the fleet.

I spent several years living in the Outer Hebrides as used to travel on the ferries fairly often, and in those days very little (including weather) stopped them sailing. Having said that the old Columba has been in service as Hebridean Princess far longer than she was with Cal Mac, and I understand she still has her original Crossley engines. Ah happy days.

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