MV Clansman Docks at Garvel

MV Clansman is a roll on roll off vehicle and passenger ferry owned by CMAL, operated by Caledonian Mac Brayne and usually serves on the West Coast of Scotland route of Oban to Coll and Tiree.

Built by Appledore Shipbuilders in North Devon in 1998 and made her maiden voyage on July 1998. A vessel of 5499 tons, 99metres long, 16 metres broad and a draft of 3.2 metres.

Propulsion is 2 x MK 8 M32 engines – 2 x Ulstein 1500 AGSC gearboxes and she is the fifth vessel of the CalMac fleet to carry the “Clansman” name.

The ship docked at Garvel on 25th February for her planned yearly maintenance works. During this docking period the yard carried out major repairs and upgrades including removal of the lifeboats and davits and installed a new Marine Escape System supplied and tested by Survivtec.

Both MAK main engines had top end overhauls, a full bow thrust unit replaced and starboard tailshaft and rudder removed for Class survey.

Hull steelwork repairs carried out after hull survey. Hydraulics, pumps and valves all overhauled for survey hull, ballast tanks and vehicle decks all washed, prepared and new coatings applied.

The main passenger accommodation areas underwent an extensive upgrade to give the areas a more modern and appealing theme.