MV GLEN SANNOX has been chosen as the name for Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited’s (CMAL) new dual fuel ferry.
MV GLEN SANNOX was a landslide winner among a shortlist of four names, receiving nearly 50% of the votes in a competition organised by CMAL to select the new vessel’s name. All shortlisted names were inspired by the Isle of Arran, as the ferry is earmarked to operate on the Ardrossan to Brodick route.
The 102-metre ferry is the first of two dual fuel vessels currently being built by CMAL at the Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd (FMEL) shipyard in Port Glasgow. The ferry will be capable of operating on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and marine gas oil (MGO).
All of those who voted were entered into a prize draw and Mairi Brown from Gourock was chosen at random from over 2300 people who voted in the competition. She will be invited as a special guest to the launch of the ferry at the Ferguson Shipyard in Port Glasgow. Mairi will also receive a £200 gift voucher for the Auchrannie Resort, two bottles of commemorative whisky, bottled by Arran Distillery to mark the ferry launch, and a special goody bag.
Kevin Hobbs, CEO at CMAL, said: “We are delighted with the public’s choice; Glen Sannox reflects Arran’s history and heritage, bringing back to life the name of the first purpose-built car ferry that serviced the Isle of Arran.
“Thank you to everyone who took part and voted and congratulations to Mairi Brown who won our naming competition – we look forward to welcoming her to the ferry launch later this summer.”
The vessel is expected to enter service in the second half of 2018. A competition to name the second ferry, Hull 802, will be launched later this summer.