News has just been released by Caledonian MacBrayne stating that the order for a new ferry for their Islay services is to be built at the Remontowa Shipyard at Gdansk in Poland. Delivery of the 89.90 metre long vessel is expected to take place in the spring of 2011. The order is reported to be worth £24.5 million and she will be able to carry up to 88 cars as well as coaches and commercial vehicles, and 550 passengers.
Two ferries already operating in the CalMac fleet were built by Remontowa. They are BUTE and ARGYLE, which serve Rothesay from the railhead at Wemyss Bay.