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Pentland Ferries order new vessel

Pentland Ferries managing director Andrew Banks.
Pentland Ferries have this week confirmed that it has placed an order for a brand new £14 million ferry, as a much larger replacement for the Pentalina.

Managing director Andrew Banks said that an order has been placed for the ferry with the Strategic Marine shipyard in Vietnam, having looked at several yards to build the new vessel, including in China and the Philippines.

At 85m long, the vessel is a larger version of the 64m Pentalina which was built in Cebu in the Philippines, and launched in 2008.

It is planned that it will be brought into operation, and offer a much larger capacity, on the St Margaret’s Hope – Gills Bay route as early as spring or summer of next year.

Further details in The Orcadian on Thursday.