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Scotland’s Emission Reduction Targets Drive New Electric Ferry Initiative



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The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019 underlines the critical need to reduce emissions and prioritize low carbon infrastructure, with electric power being the preferred option for short ferry crossings. In alignment with this objective, the inclusion in Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited’s (CMAL) Small Vessels Replacement Programme will introduce standardized, state-of-the-art ferries featuring electric zero-emission operation on various routes along the West Coast of Scotland.

A comprehensive Tender specification has been prepared for a new electric Corran vessel, which will serve as the primary document during the procurement and shipbuilding stages. The target date for delivery, contingent upon funding approval, is set for 2028.

The upcoming larger electric Ro-Ro ferry, with a capacity of 32 cars, will enhance the current capacity offered by the existing MV Corran, which accommodates 28 cars. This new vessel will play a significant role in fulfilling the Highland Council’s and the Scottish Government’s climate change commitments.

The current 23-year-old MV Corran, which accommodates 28 cars, will replace the older and smaller 49-year-old Maid of Glencoul (14 cars), acting as a larger and more reliable relief vessel. This transition will provide service resilience until the Council is able to deliver a second electric ferry.

Further information on the new electric ferry can be found on the Corran Ferry vessel design page.

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