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LOCH SEAFORTH

Post by riverman » Wed Nov 05, 2014 6:14 pm

CalMac's new ferry LOCH SEAFORTH departed the Flensburg Yard and now south of Stavanger headed for the Pentland Firth.
ETA Greenock 08.30 hrs. Friday morning, but anybody's guess. I'm sure there will be a few photographers about.
She will take up the Ullapool/Stornoway service when the pier at Stornoway is completed. :D
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Re: LOCH SEAFORTH

Post by Allan » Wed Nov 05, 2014 9:19 pm

Current position (2100hrs) – at current speed, 7 hours west of Stavanger, 7 hours east of Pentland Skerries Lighthouse. Course 275 degrees, speed 19.7 knots.
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Re: LOCH SEAFORTH

Post by alasdairmac » Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:53 pm

Now abeam Egg and making 18.3 knots

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Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Thu Nov 06, 2014 5:22 pm

The new ferry LOCH SEAFORTH is forging ahead on her way to Greenock, exceeding 19 knots at times, so all appears well thus far. Well baptised into her new environment now, having already passed Lewis, Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, Isle of Skye, Isles of Canna, Rum, Eigg and Muck, rounded Ardnamurchan and currently ploughing her way down the Sound of Mull past Tobermory. Impressive new build and hopefully will relieve some of the strain the Northerly route has experienced in recent times.
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Re: LOCH SEAFORTH

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Fri Nov 07, 2014 4:16 am

04:15 hours Friday 7th November 2014

LOCH SEAFORTH steaming up the Firth at 19 knots, but at 03:56 - 04:00 she started to execute 180 degree turn and is now in a direct line between Brodick and Troon. Presumably just killing some time before proceeding up to Greenock.
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Re: LOCH SEAFORTH

Post by SHIPSFAN » Fri Nov 07, 2014 7:39 am

2 lads have just asked me where she is going to berth, any idea ?

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Post by _on_the_clyde_ » Fri Nov 07, 2014 7:50 am

Inchgreen Repair Quay in the Great Harbour.

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Post by SHIPSFAN » Fri Nov 07, 2014 7:52 am

thanks for that i will let them know, trust them to put her away in a corner,,

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Re: LOCH SEAFORTH

Post by Clydebuilt1971 » Fri Nov 07, 2014 8:28 am

Marine Traffic currently has her passing Gourock at about 5knts.

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Post by Clydebuilt1971 » Fri Nov 07, 2014 8:46 am

Also just noticed a pic on Facebook of her - they have dressed her for her maiden arrival also.

Shes a smart looking vessel it has to be said. And I also like the paint job as well!!

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Post by riverman » Fri Nov 07, 2014 10:13 am

LOCH SEAFORTH taken from Kilcreggan this morning. She did a couple of pirouette's and sounding of the whistle off the office at Gourock. :D
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Post by riverman » Fri Nov 07, 2014 10:16 am

Taken from Kilcreggan.
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Re: LOCH SEAFORTH

Post by riverman » Fri Nov 07, 2014 10:18 am

Hello office. :wave:
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Re: LOCH SEAFORTH

Post by dougie-coull » Fri Nov 07, 2014 11:37 am

Uploaded a few images from this morning - http://www.dougie-coull-photography.co. ... 2014-11-7/ - if anyone wishes to view.

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Re: LOCH SEAFORTH

Post by riverman » Fri Nov 07, 2014 12:22 pm

Good shots Dougie, not a bad looking vessel, not sure about her stern though. :think:
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Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Fri Nov 07, 2014 2:09 pm

Dougie / Paul :

Good photographs, chaps, but like Paul I too have misgivings about that aft paint job. I prefer that traditions are maintained and this is to me a step too far, reminiscent of these horrendous cruise liners emerging all over the place with their garish paint jobs. I suppose we should be grateful she isn't sporting shark-like teeth around her bows!
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Re: LOCH SEAFORTH

Post by duncanwilson » Sat Nov 08, 2014 9:49 am

I agree with the comments about the paint work. I wonder how long it is going to last.
Does she have a bow visor or clam shell doors?

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Re: LOCH SEAFORTH

Post by Allan » Sat Nov 08, 2014 10:26 pm

Been a lot of discussion about the build and appearance of LOCH SEAFORTH, in particular of her stern (“squareness” and white paint).

In general I find her appearance pleasing, modern and a breath of fresh air into the Calmac fleet – with one minor exception – in any pictures I’ve seen so far, they appear to show the angle of her prow as nearer 90 degrees than most other ships in the fleet, which seems to me to be “wrong” - is it me?
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Re: LOCH SEAFORTH

Post by tonycannon » Sat Nov 08, 2014 11:23 pm

The paint job may not be to everyone's taste, but I like it, and think that the ships lines aft can take it, giving her a "longer" profile...the funnels look good too!
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Re: LOCH SEAFORTH

Post by StewartM » Sun Nov 09, 2014 2:08 pm

duncanwilson wrote: Does she have a bow visor or clam shell doors?
Clam Shell.
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Post by dougie-coull » Tue Nov 11, 2014 6:17 pm

She was out and about this afternoon - though not the best of light for photos.

A few here - http://www.dougie-coull-photography.co. ... 014-11-12/ - for anyone wishing to view.

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Re: LOCH SEAFORTH

Post by dmacleod » Wed Nov 12, 2014 1:05 pm

Just arrived in Ullapool. Probably trying her out on the linkspan to see if she "fits"! if and when she goes on the run which
won't be this year I reckon. Stornoway has a lot of work to be done yet I understand and that's how it looks, the wlole lot
is a shambles. The colour scheme on the aft end though is hideous. It will be interesting to see how she copes with the minch in comparison to the IOL which I think is very sound.
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Re: LOCH SEAFORTH

Post by Clydebuilt1971 » Thu Nov 13, 2014 12:47 pm

Currently showing back on her berth at the Great Harbour, Greenock.

Flying visit right enough!!

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Re: LOCH SEAFORTH

Post by millfield153a » Mon Dec 08, 2014 11:57 am

There's an interesting article about her on the CRSC website, including some thoughts from one of her skippers: http://www.crsc.org.uk/sf-articles/lochseaforth.aspx

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Re: LOCH SEAFORTH

Post by dmacleod » Sun Jan 18, 2015 4:14 pm

She's been doing various trials since her arrival but note the latest trip was out of Ullapool in the early hours (thought all ferries were rested on Saturday nights!) and is now in Kirkwall,I wonder if this is a courtesy visit or is she looking for new business as Western isles revenue is rather scarce at the moment or maybe the cooncil in Stornoway is going to relocate SY to outer Mongolia!
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