There has been a sense of are you sure we didn’t miss something about the new ferry ship, the MV Loch Seaforth. This is due to come into service on the Stornoway - Ullapool route in September. Already, questions are being raised by local councillors whether it provides sufficient capacity to cover the island’s needs. Generally, the current ferry services (note: plural) are held to be insufficient to enhance the Western Isles economic development.
When the idea of a replacement for the good ole Isle of Lewis
was thought up, an idea was mooted to have two ships plying the Minch.
However, it was decided to build just one large ferry. Not until after
the keel was laid did anybody think about the port infrastructure in
both Ullapool and Stornoway, and a dash is currently on to have
everything in place in time for the arrival of the LS. A notice outside
the Stornoway works, however, intimates that the proposed date for
completion is November 2014.