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Remontowa wins newbuilding order for another ferry to be operated by CalMac Ferries Ltd.

Remontowa SA has acquired another ferry newbuilding order. Agreement has been signed on November 2, 2007, between Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) and Remontowa SA in Gdansk.

According to the agreement, Remontowa is to build an 89.90 m long vehicle/passenger ferry with delivery expected in spring, 2011. The cost of procuring the vessel, to be operated by CalMac Ferries Ltd (CFL) on the routes serving Islay from the mainland, and bringing her into service will be GBP 24.5 million and is being financed by a loan from the Scottish Government.
CMAL’s Managing Director, Guy Platten said: - The Remontowa tender was one of 4 received and represented extremely good value in a very challenging shipbuilding market. The delivery of the vessel in spring 2011 reflects the huge demand for new shipping worldwide and the scarcity of vital components including engines. CMAL and CFL have been working very closely together on this project and are convinced that the ship will be cost-effective, provide value for money, and will meet all of our technical requirements. [...] Once delivered it will provide the operator with the resources needed on the routes from Kennacraig to Islay to offer a first-class service.The new vessel will be a modern ro-ro Euro Class B passenger vessel designed to carry 550 passengers, up to 88 cars, as well as coaches and commercial vehicles. The ship will also be capable of carrying dangerous goods.
Passengers will be accommodated on two well-appointed decks, with access gained at the lower of the two from an enclosed passenger gangway. There will be two lifts, one on each side of the ship, to all decks. The ship will also be built in line with DPTAC guidance on facilities for customers whose mobility is impaired.

The overall cost of GBP 24.5 million is broken down as follows: Shipyard build cost - GBP 21.75 million. Additional overheads such as project supervision, vessel spares, training and delivery into service bring the total cost of the project to GBP 24.5 million.
The Remontowa yard has already completed two highly successful, slightly smaller than the one recently ordered, ferries, operated by CalMac on the route from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay, namely: Argyle and Bute. Bute was included in the 2005 edition of prestigious publication of Royal Institution of Naval Architects - "Significant Small Ships".

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