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Clyde car and passenger ferry Argyle
launched at Northern Shipyard, REMONTOWA Group

Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne Limited celebrated the launch of another new addition to its fleet - m.v. Argyle, the sister ship of m.v. Bute. The introduction of Argyle, alongside Bute, which was delivered by the Remontowa group in the summer of 2005, concludes an important stage in renewing the fleet on the Upper Clyde for MacBrayne. Argyle is the second vessel for the Wemyss Bay / Rothesay route and will further improve the standards and quality of service provided to customers on this route.
Following the completion and fitting out of Argyle, it is expected that trials will be run by the end of November and the vessel to be delivered to the Company in the middle of December.
Bute entered service on the Wemyss Bay to Rothesay service on July 11, 2005. Since entering service she has carried approximately 500,000 passengers and 100,000 cars and has been welcomed by the communities that she serves. CalMac believes that Argyle will be just as successful and concludes a very important stage in the Company’s fleet renewal programme for the service and support we provide to the communities on the Upper Clyde.
Funding of up to 8.75 million pounds for a new ship for CalMac's Rothesay / Wemyss Bay service - the Company's busiest route - was announced late in 2003, by the Scottish Executive. The ordering of new vessel was conducted in accordance with EU public procurement procedures. Value for money, reliability and delivery were the key factors in awarding the contract to the Remontowa yard. There were 4 bids for the project in the end and the Remontowa option clearly offered the best value for the investment. The new vessel will be identical to Bute. She will carry 60 cars and 450 passengers on CalMac’s busiest route, and will enter service early in 2007.
Car and passenger ferry Bute, B 338/1 type and Argyle (B338/2 and 1333/2) have been built at Northern Shipyard on order from Gdańsk Shiprepair Yard "Remontowa" S.A.

The shipyard has built a ferry-boat which is small, but modern with superstructure made of aluminium and innovative engine room and shafting made of glass fibre. The whole design of the vessel was prepared in Shiprepair Yard's Design Office, employing the most up to date technology including three-dimensional modeling techniques for steel and outfit production.
Bute and Argyle may each carry up to 60 cars, which compares with the 38 carried by Streakers currently operating on the Clyde. The ship will carry 450 passengers with seating provided internally for 250. She sails at 14 knots and has stabilisers.
The ship's design takes account of the needs of disabled customers and DPTAC guidelines. There is a lift with priority for the disabled and customers with impaired mobility. Priority car parking is also identified on the car deck.
The vessel is equipped to carry 44 tonne vehicles and dangerous goods. She has roll-on/roll-off facilities with additional side loading ramp.
Vessel engine controls, alarms and monitoring are carried from engineer's control station on the bridge.

Bute and Argyle characteristics

Cntracted by Gdańsk Shiprepair Yard Remontowa SA
Built atNorthern Shipyard
Length B.P.67.75 m
Length O.A.72.01 m
Breadth moulded 15.30 m
Depth moulded to main deck5.00 m
Draught3.00 m
Deadweight400 t
Gross tonnage2612
Frame spacing 600 mm
Car capacity66 PBE
Passenger capacity450
No of crew10
Contract speed14 knots


two main engines Type MAK 6M20 rated at 1140 kW
and 8M20 rated at 1520 kW both operating at 1000 rpm
and driving Schottel Rudder Propellers type STP 1010
and STP 121 forward and aft respectivey.


Two Auxiliary Generators Type Scania / Stamford each
rated at 200 kW/250 kVA.
Emergency Generator Type Sisu / Stamford rated
at 120 kW/150 kVA.


Lloyds Class +100 A1, + LMC Ro-Ro Passenger
and Vehicle Ferry with EP and IWS Notations
MCA Class IV&V.

Copyright 2005 Remontowa