Watch new ferry being built online

Islanders will be able to watch the new Stornoway-Ullapool ferry being built as the German shipyard has webcams fitted on site.

At a meeting held in Stornoway last night, representatives from Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) discussed the proposed design of the new ferry and the changes planned for Stornoway and Ullapool harbours.

They explained that the decision to award the contract to Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft MBH and Co KG in Flensburg, Germany was due to their ‘unparalleled reputation’ for quality and delivering on time. Chief Executive of CMAL, Guy Patten explained that examples of ferries launched from their yard could be seen on the internet and that islanders could in fact watch the ship being built through online feed from webcams on site.

Mr Patten said the new ferry would be delivered at 11am on June 30th 2014 and would be in service in mid July of that year.

He added that the new ferry would cross the Minch in two and a half hours at a speed of 19.2 knots but to cut the journey time would have huge implications in terms of fuel costs.

Read more in next week’s Stornoway Gazette.