It's been a busy week for the Holy Loch with a third ship sailing this evening with a load of round timber, this time bound for Södra Cell Tofte paper mill in Norway.
Following visits from both of Taylor's coasters (RED BARONESS and RED DUCHESS) earlier in the week, it was the turn of SCOT ISLES, a fairly new coaster owned and operated by the Scotline Group. This ship was launched at the Tille Shipyard in Holland in 2001 as ECLIPS, but was later renamed SOMERS ISLE ('01) and finally SOMERS ISLES ('02) before adopting her current name in 2006 when she joined the Scotline fleet.
Now flying the Red Ensign and registered at Rochester, SCOT ISLES measures some 91.25 metres overall, and her fully loaded draft is 4.93 metres on a deadweight tonnage of 3,179 tonnes. Her main engine, made by Wartsila, drives her along at more than 14 knots.