CalMac's LNG-Fuelled Newbuild Launched in Scotland

Tuesday November 21, 2017

MV Glen Sannox, which is being built for Scottish ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) and is hailed as the first passenger ferry to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the UK - has been launched on the Clyde in Scotland, local media reports.

As Ship & Bunker has previously reported, the new ferry - which, along with a sister ship, is being built at Ferguson Marine Engineering (Ferguson Marine) in Glasgow - will be able to operate on LNG and marine gas oil (MGO), are being

"We welcome the launch of Glen Sannox, marking a major milestone in the construction of this highly innovative vessel," said Kevin Hobbs, CEO of Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd. (CMAL).

"The use of LNG in maritime transport is a sign of our ongoing commitment to exploring new fuel technologies for ferries, as well as a wider commitment to innovation in Scotland and consideration for the environmental impact of transport."

The launch is noted to come two months behind schedule, ultimately delaying the vessel's planned delivery date next summer into the winter of 2018/2019.

As Ship & Bunker previously reported, the vessels are expected to be employed on the Arran and Skye Triangle routes.