New ferry will plug into mains electricity

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A WORLD first is coming to Kintyre, with the announcement of a new hybrid ferry.

When the Gigha ferrymen go home at night, they’ll have to remember to plug the ferry in to the mains, for the Tayinloan to Gigha route will get a new passenger and vehicle roll-on roll-off ferry, which will incorporate a low-carbon hybrid system of diesel electric and battery power. The other will go to the CalMac service between Skye and Raasay.

This is one of two new ferries, which are to be funded by the Scottish Government in a contract worth more than £20million.

Clyde shipyard Ferguson’s of Port Glasgow has been awarded the contract, allowing it to create more than 100 new jobs and keep its 75 current employees.

The ferries will come into operation in 2013 and are a world first for seagoing passenger and vehicle roll-on roll-off ferries.

The technology will be cleaner, quieter and cheaper to operate and maintain than ever before. It will help Scotland to meet ambitious climate change targets, and demonstrates the vast economic potential of developing green technology and moving to a low carbon economy.

For full article see The Campbeltown Courier edition of November 11 2011 or on line at