Currently lying at Gourock Pier is CalMac Ferries' LOCH SHIRA, which was launched by Ferguson Shipbuilders at Port Glasgow almost a year ago, on Friday 8 December 2006. She was purpose built for the Largs-Cumbrae Slip service, and displaced LOCH ALAINN on the route at the beginning of June this year. LOCH SHIRA is 54.27 metres long, and 1,024 gross tons. Capable of carrying up to 36 cars, she has passenger accommodation for 250. Her place on the Cumbrae run was taken by LOCH ALAINN on Sunday. LOCH SHIRA has the dubious distinction of having been the last large vessel to have been launched at Newark Shipyard, with only a small dredger and the current build being noted since, although the yard has been busy with other work.