Loch Shira Docks in Garvel for Annual Overhaul

The Loch Shira,( Loch Siora in Gaelic ), is the largest of the RoRo 'loch class' passenger & Car Ferries, serving the 10-minute crossing between Largs and Cumbrae.

Coming in at 1024 tons and 53.9 meters in length and 13.9 meters across and capable of carrying 250 passengers and 36 cars.

Built on the Clyde and launched on Friday the 8th of December, she entered service on Saturday the 2d of June the following year. The Ferry is named after the Sea Loch next to Inveraray which drains the river Shira into Loch Fyne.

On this occasion she docked for 12 days to carry out annual overhaul which included underwater hull water blasted back to bare steel and new paint system applied. Forward and aft vehicle ramp steelwork modifications and repairs. Main engines overhauled and engine/gearbox alignment works and an annual safety systems check and some equipment servicing.