August 12, 2022

VOTING is open for the naming of a ferry, with prizes up for grabs for just one blessed voter.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd. (CMAL) is holding the poll, which will rename the MV Utne to draw nearer affiliation with the Isle of Mull.

Voting is open to rename the MV Utne - News
The shortly-to-be-renamed MV Utne ferry.

The ferry, which was constructed in 2015, has beforehand been operated by Norled and sailed underneath the flag of Norway.

Now, the vessel will be a part of the CalMac fleet and has been earmarked for the Oban-Craignure route, jogging passengers amongst the Isle of Mull and the mainland.

A few names have produced the shortlist, each relating to the Isle of Mull and drawing inspiration from its background and landscape.

Three names have produced the shortlist and are explained by CMAL as follows:
1 Loch Frisa The major loch on the Isle of Mull, positioned 4 miles south of Tobermory.
2 Glen Forsa A stunning open glen in the coronary heart of Mull, with the peak of Beinn Talaidh at its head.
3 Torosay Torosay Castle was created in 1858 by architect David Bryce and sits on the northwest aspect of Mull’s Duart Bay.


Kevin Hobbs, Chief Executive of CMAL, said: “Welcoming the MV Utne to Scotland will carry added resilience to the fleet, and even though it will serve the Oban and Mull communities, people in Skye and the Western Isles will also benefit as a outcome of the cascade of vessels somewhere else on the community.

“Utne is a name with Norwegian roots, and we are keen to rename the vessel to bring her in line with Scottish heritage and the island she’ll provide.

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“We have a powerful record of names to pick from, and I glimpse forward to observing which one proves the most preferred!”

A single lucky voter from the most common name will acquire an invitation to vacation on the newly named ferry, with the solution of bringing a moreover 1 together for the trip.

In addition to the journey, they will also win a £200 gift voucher for the Isle of Mull Lodge.

Minister for Transport Graeme Day, reported: “I’d persuade the general public to have their say on the vessel’s new identify.

“There are three superior options that reflect her deployment on the route to Mull which we hope will confirm popular with ferry buyers.

“The purchase of the vessel is component of the Scottish Government’s £580 million dedication to fund new ferries and port expenditure above the upcoming five a long time.

“We will continue to operate with CMAL and CalMac to acquire prospective programmes that will supply further enhancements to the community.”

Pursuing modification work and workers teaching, the ferry is predicted to be completely ready in early 2022.

Voting will stay open right until December 19 and can be accessed through CMAL’s web-site.