Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) has confirmed that the MV Clipper Ranger will take over from the MV Muirneag when she comes out of service later this month.
The 122m vessel, owned by Seatruck Ferries, has been chartered for a year by CalMac to provide the overnight freight service between Stornoway and Ullapool until the MV Loch Seaforth enters service later in 2014.
Brian Fulton, Operations Director at CalMac, said: “The MV Clipper Ranger is significantly larger than the MV Muirneag providing significantly greater capacity on this route. She is nearly 18m longer and will require some minor modifications to enable her to berth in Ullapool. The work is underway and she will arrive in Ullapool and Stornoway for berthing trials from September 19. MV Muirneag is due to go off hire at midday on Saturday, September 21 at which stage MV Clipper Ranger will take up the service.”
The 25 crew members of the MV Muirneag are being offered roles within the CalMac fleet.