Public procurement body Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) is starting a multi-million pound programme to replace seven ferries serving the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services network.
Working together with Transport Scotland and ferry operator CalMac, CMAL plans to replace seven smaller ‘loch class’ ferries.
Transport Scotland approved a strategic business case for the Small Vessel Replacement Programme in late 2020 and CMAL will publish a contract notice this week inviting naval architects to work its vessels team on concept design and planning.
The programme timeline has not been finalised, but it is expected the procurement process for the replacement vessels will begin within the next 12 months, subject to approval of a more detailed business case providing options and their commercial and financial value.
The vessels to be potentially replaced include Motor Vessels Loch Striven, Loch Riddon, Loch Ranza, Loch Dunvegan, Loch Fyne, Loch Tarbert and Loch Linnhe. All