MV Loch Seaforth to be launched tomorrow

MV Loch Seaforth will be launched tomorrow (Friday).

MV Loch Seaforth will be launched tomorrow (Friday).

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MV Loch Seaforth will be launched in Germany tomorrow (Friday).

The ferry has been known as hull number 764 up to this point and will be 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.

Loch Seaforth is a sea loch between Lewis and Harris.  The previous MV LOCH SEAFORTH was the name of the MacBrayne mailboat that linked Stornoway with Mallaig and Kyle of Lochalsh from 1947 until 1972.  On March 22nd 1973 she ran aground on Cleit Rock in the Sound of Gunna and was subsequently scrapped.