Pentland Ferries orders replacement vessel

Scottish ferry operator Pentland Ferries has ordered an 85-metre Ro-Pax from Strategic Marine. The vessel will replace Pentalina, which has been operating on the route from the Scottish mainland to the Orkney Islands since 2008.  

The new vessel has a significantly increased capacity compared to Pentalina and will be capable of transferring up to 98 cars or a combination of cars and trucks together with 430 passengers from Gills Bay on the mainland to St Margaret’s Hope on the Orkney Islands. The crossing takes approximately one hour, sailing through Pentland Firth and into the Orkney Archipelago. This is the shortest and quickest sea route to Orkney with a vehicle.

The BMT Nigel Gee-designed vessel will be 84.5 metres in length, powered by four Yanmar 6EY17W engines. The ferry will travel at a service speed of 16 knots. She has space to accommodate 50,000 litres of fuel plus an extra 50,000 litres in a long-range fuel tank.  This will allow the vessel to sail under her own power from Strategic Marine in Vietnam to the Orkney Islands, a trip of some 5,481nm.
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