Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

MV Loch Frisa begins service on Oban to Craignure route

MV Loch Frisa docks in Craignure, Mull. Photo by Sandy McCook/DCT Media
MV Loch Frisa docks in Craignure, Mull. Photo by Sandy McCook/DCT Media

MV Loch Frisa officially began carrying passengers on the Oban-Craignure route today.

The latest vessel to join the CalMac fleet, MV Loch Frisa will operate as a dedicated, year-round on the main Mull route, bringing increased resilience to the network.

She is being progressively phased into the Oban-Craignure timetable, in tandem with MV Coruisk, while MV Isle of Mull will continue to operate its normal timetable.

Once MV Loch Frisa takes over the full MV Coruisk timetable, MV Coruisk will reposition to Mallaig where it will deliver services on the Mallaig-Armadale route.

The Loch Frisa in Oban. Picture by Sandy McCook.

Last week The Press and Journal reported from the launch of the Loch Frisa, undertaken by former Argyll and Bute Council councillor Mary-Jean Devon.

Robbie Drummond, managing director of CalMac, said: “I very much welcome the addition of MV Loch Frisa and her crew to CalMac and am looking forward to seeing her in operation.

“The fact that she is island-centric is something that the Mull community has been asking for, and I am pleased that we will be fulfilling this aspiration.

“Her arrival is also a welcome boost to the local economy, with Mull residents making up 13 out of 38 crew members.

Delighted to see Loch Frisa

“I would like to thank Transport Scotland and CMal for efforts in securing an additional vessel to improve the resilience of the CalMac fleet.”

Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth – who got married to former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale at the weekend – said: “I’m absolutely delighted to see the MV Loch Frisa join the CalMac ferry fleet and I look forward to making the journey to Mull in her capable hands in the near future.

“The purchase and deployment of the Loch Frisa is an example of the government working to support second hand tonnage for island communities. I’m sure it will be welcomed by local residents and visitors to Mull, but I know there is more to do.”

She added the government would continue working with CMal and CalMac to improve ferries for island communities.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]

Conversation

[[title_reg]]

Please enter the name you would like to appear on your comments. (It doesn’t have to be your real name - but nothing rude please, we are a polite bunch!) Use a combination of eight or more characters that includes an upper and lower case character, and a number.

By registering with [[site_name]] you agree to our Terms and Conditions and our Privacy Policy

Or sign up with

Facebook Google

[[content_reg_complete]]

[[title_login]]

Or login with

Forgotten your password? Reset it

[[title]]