CALEDONIAN Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) has announced the shortlist of names entered into the competition to name the world's first sea going roll-on roll-off vehicle and passenger diesel electric hybrid ferry, being built in Port Glasgow.
Two of the ferries are under construction at Ferguson Shipyard in Port Glasgow and it is anticipated that the first will enter service in late spring/early summer 2013, with the second following six months later. It is likely that the first ship will initially serve on the Sconser-Raasay route, subject to modifications being carried out at Sconser.
The five finalists from more than 100 entries to the name compeition, together with the class that will inform subsequent vessel names, are:
-- Corbett class -- Glamaig (one of the Red Hills on Skye)
-- Scottish Fort class -- Dun Caan (the highest hill on Raasay)
-- Scottish Literary class -- Hallaig (a poem named after a place in Raasay)
-- Scottish Seabird class -- Fulmar
-- Scottish Inventor class -- James Watt
CMAL chose the shortlisted names because they reflect the innovation of their new venture and the company’s Scottish heritage. To vote, visit: www.cmassets.co.uk/competition before Friday 31 August, when voting closes.
The entrant who suggested the most popular name will be a special guest at the ferry's launch in December 2012, as well as winning a one-day ferry crossing of their choice for a car and two people on a Caledonian MacBrayne ferry. They will also receive an invitation to be on the ferry’s first scheduled crossing between Sconser and Raasay, with travel costs within the UK paid for the winner and a guest from their home to Port Glasgow (launch) and Sconser (first crossing).
Two people, picked at random from those voting for the winning name from the shortlist, will also win a one-day ferry crossing of their choice for a car and two people on one of the Caledonian MacBrayne ferries, courtesy of CalMac Ferries Ltd.
Guy Platten, chief executive of CMAL said: “This project demonstrates CMAL’s commitment to leading the way in innovative ferry design and we are really excited about the names we have shortlisted and look forward to seeing which one is most popular with ferry lovers.”
The ferries will accommodate 150 passengers, 23 cars or two lorries, with a service speed of nine knots and are designed for use on many of the short crossing routes around the Clyde and Hebrides. The new ferries will use some of the most innovative new ‘green’ technology, including Lithium Ion battery banks supplying a minimum of 20per cent 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.