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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20029: ()

Date lodged: 19 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether (a) it, (b) Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) and (c) any of its agencies were advised of a design fault with the cooling system and engine capacity of the MV Loch Seaforth when the vessel was being built and, if so, when.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 3 December 2018

The Scottish Government, including its agencies, and Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL), are not aware of any design fault with the MV Loch Seaforth’s water cooling system or of any engine capacity issues.

The new vessel which was commissioned by Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) is:-

  • faster, quieter and more reliable than the previous vessels on that route
  • adaptable to accommodate growth in traffic
  • more fuel efficient and will consume significantly less fuel than the previous vessels that operated on the route

The water cooling system was designed by the shipyard Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft and approved by the Classification Society (Lloyds Register) and accepted by both CMAL and CalMac.