MV Loch Seaforth, the new ferry for the Stornoway to Ullapool route, is expected to be officially launched in Germany on March 21st.
The ferry will be known as hull number 764 until it is formally named by the godmother of the ship during the launch.
The new 116m roll on roll off vehicle passenger ferry will be capable of operating 24 hours a day and will have capacity for up to 700 passengers and 143 cars or 20 commercial vehicles. It will be owned by CMAL and operated by the current operator of the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services, CalMac Ferries Ltd.
MV LOCH SEAFORTH was named by the public in a competition in April 2013, with the name winning 40 per cent of the votes. The winning vote, picked at random from almost 2,000 people was Mary Davidson from the Isle of Lewis who will attend the launch as a special guest.