Scottish ferry operator Pentland Ferries has ordered an 85-metre Ro-Pax from Strategic Marine. The vessel will replace Pentalina, which has been operating on the route from the Scottish mainland to the Orkney Islands since 2008.
The new vessel has a significantly increased capacity compared to Pentalina and will be capable of transferring up to 98 cars or a combination of cars and trucks together with 430 passengers from Gills Bay on the mainland to St Margaret’s Hope on the Orkney Islands. The crossing takes approximately one hour, sailing through Pentland Firth and into the Orkney Archipelago. This is the shortest and quickest sea route to Orkney with a vehicle.
Alex Baird is the Managing Director of Baird Maritime