Pentland Ferries Increases The Fleet
18th February 2015
Pentland Ferries is all set to buy the former Caledonian MacBrayne ferry Saturn.
The move has been confirmed by the owners of the ship, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL)..
The Saturn was launched in 1977 at the Ailsa Shipyard in Troon and entered service the following year. She ceased use from the CMAL fleet in September 2011 and has been laid up at Rosneath since.
The vessel is being be sold to Pentland Ferries for freight work and working with the renewable energy sector around Orkney and the Pentland Firth proving yet again that activities in the area are rising month on month as the renewables in the marine sector get moving despite recent troubles for wave machine companies.
Tom Docherty, CEO, CMAL said: "The mv Saturn is the last in the line of Clyde Streakers and spent most of her time on the Wemyss Bay to Rothesay service on the Clyde during her 33 years of service. We are delighted that she is to be refurbished and able to carry on sailing in the north of Scotland and we wish her new owner's years of continued service."
Pentland Ferries has previously owned two other ex-Caledonian MacBrayne ferries - the Iona, later renamed Pentalina B, and the Claymore.
OFFICIAL FIGURES SHOW MORE PEOPLE AND CARS SAILED ACROSS THE PENTLAND FIRTH FROM CAITHNESS TO ORKNEY IN 2016 FROM GILLS BAY THAN ON ANY OTHER ROUTE. Official figures recently published by Scottish Government 'spending watchdog' body Audit Scotland show that the so-called 'short sea-route' from Gills Bay to St Margaret's Hope was the busiest seaway to Orkney across the Pentland Firth in 2016.
BMT Nigel Gee (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, has announced a new project to design an 85m steel-hulled catamaran RoPax ferry for Strategic Marine, a subsidiary of Triyards Holding Limited. The ferry is for Scottish ferry operator Pentland Ferries and BMT will be responsible for concept through to production design, working closely with Strategic Marine.
Community-owned Gills Harbour is the most Northerly seaport on the British mainland, lying on the shores of the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound, just off the A 836 road, only four miles West of John O'Groats. The spring of 2015 has seen some significant developments locally, both in sea-transport and marine electricity, that bode well for the future of the little port on the inland 'apex' of Gills Bay; it belongs to the 600 people living along the North coast.
Two vessels made their debut visits to Gills Harbour on the morning of Sunday, May 10th, 2015. The mini-ships Uskmoor and Lodesman sailed across the Pentland Firth from Orkney to conduct operations in the Inner Sound of the narrow, tide-swept, channel separating Caithness from the isles.
Independent questionnaire conducted for Pentland Ferries Ltd by 'Survey Monkey' about the desirability of a 'real' short-sea-crossing of Pentland Firth Gills Harbour, Caithness to a 'new' RO:RO terminal at Burwick, just eight miles across the water. Give Your Views In the survey HERE Folk in Caithness who travel by ferry to Orkney have only a few more days to vote if they would like to see a new route developed from Gills Harbour that would cut the Pentland Firth sea-crossing time to just half-an-hour.
Pentland Ferries recently added a cafe at their terminal for the comfort of passengers travelling with them. No doubt others in the area may appreciate a snack or cup of tea or coffee if they are in the area.
Spring 2008 will bring the arrival of the fastest ferry over the Pentland Firth. A new catamaran state of the art high speed ferry will whisk passengers from Gills terminal in Caithnes over to Orkney.
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