Thursday, 23 May 2013

MV Lochinvar Launch at Ferguson Shipbuilders

The second of the hybrid diesel electric ferries for CMAL was launched this morning at Ferguson Shipbuilders in Port Glasgow.

The sun shone brightly, though we are still enduring a cold wind even this far in to the year.

As always Fergusons are good hosts to the local community and we are privileged to be able to watch their fine vessels be launched. It is so much part of the Clyde tradition.

Great to see the local school children enjoy the spectacle and witness their future heritage first hand.

The launch was carried out by Patricia Platten - wife of Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) CEO - Guy Platten. 

All went smoothly thought he wind did carry her a bit further upriver than perhaps was anticipated.

However she was soon secured by Clyde Marine's tugs and berthed where she will now be fitted out before sea trials.

 Welcome to the Launch

 Waiting to Go

Deck Party

Pupils and Teachers Await the Launch

Dignitaries at the MV Lochinvar Launch

MV Lochinvar Makes a Splash

Last Minute Checks Before the Launch

Final Manoeuvres to Berth 'MV Lochinvar' 

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