The latest large CalMac ferry to visit the Clyde for her annual overhaul arrived this morning at Gourock. HEBRIDES, built in 2001 at Ferguson Shipbuilders at Port Glasgow, normally serves on the run between Uig on Skye, Tarbert in Harris, and Lochmaddy in North Uist. She differs from other large ferries in the company's fleet in that she has no lifeboats, although two fast rescue craft are carried. Instead she has a Marine Evacuation System with sufficient capacity for her full passenger complement of 612.
In the upper picture she is shown leaving Gourock where she had called briefly to land cars belonging to her crew, and to pick up a Clyde Pilot for the short journey upriver to the Garvel Drydock, which she is shown entering in the lower view. HEBRIDES is 5,506 gross tons, and has an overall length of 99 metres. During her overhaul last year, her MaK main engines were comverted to run on a heavier grade of fuel oil, with resulting savings reported to be in the order of 15%.