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New hybrid ferry named MV Lochinvar after Sir Walter Scott poem

The innovative ferry was built at Ferguson Shipbuilders Ltd in Port Glasgow and is due to be launched in May.

Calmac Caledonian macbrayne hybrid ferry MV Hallaig on its launch December 2012
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A new ferry which will operate off the west coast has been named.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) has announced the world’s second hybrid ferry will be dubbed MV Lochinvar.

The innovative ferry was built at Ferguson Shipbuilders Ltd in Port Glasgow and is due to be launched in May.

The names of all ships in the new hybrid fleet will follow the first vessel, the MV Hallaig, and be named after Scottish literature.

Hundreds of people voted for the new name and Lochinvar received over 55% of the votes cast.

The name comes from an excerpt of Sir Walter Scott's epic poem Marmion written in 1808. The stanzas telling the story of "young Lochinvar" particularly caught the public imagination and were widely published in anthologies, and learned as a recitation piece by many school children.

The first sea-going roll-on, roll-off vehicle and passenger diesel electric hybrid ferry was launched in December 2012 and will enter service this summer on the Sconser to Raasay route.

The MV Lochinvar will service the Tarbert to Portavadie route.

Guy Platten, chief executive of CMAL, said: “Our state-of-the-art hybrid ferries are designed for use on many of the short crossing routes around the Clyde and Hebrides and both ferries will accommodate 150 passengers, 23 cars or two HGVs, with a service speed of nine knots.

“The new ferries will use some of the most innovative new ‘green’ technology, including lithium-ion battery banks supplying a minimum of 20% of the energy consumed on board.

“Benefits include reduced fuel consumption and impact of CO2 emissions and other pollutants, noise reduction and lower maintenance requirements.”

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