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Pentland Ferries' MV Alfred nominated for award


By Alan Hendry


The new MV Alfred is described as the most environmentally friendly ferry in Scotland. Picture: James Calver
The new MV Alfred is described as the most environmentally friendly ferry in Scotland. Picture: James Calver

Pentland Ferries' new vessel MV Alfred is in contention for an international accolade.

It is nominated in the ferries category of the new International Cruise and Ferry Review (ICFR) Ship of the Year awards.

The £14 million ferry was hailed by its owners as "a huge step forward" for Caithness and Orkney links when it made its first voyage from St Margaret’s Hope to Gills Bay at the start of November.

This awards will, according to ICFR, celebrate the game-changing cruise ships and passenger ferries that entered service in 2019.

The Alfred is one of five ships to make the short list in the ferries category, and ICFR is now inviting its readers to vote for the winning vessel via its website.

Pentland Ferries director Kathryn Scollie said: “It was a lovely surprise to learn that we had been nominated and reached the final five in our category. Our team has worked extremely hard to bring the new ship into service, so it is particularly rewarding to be recognised by ICFR for what we have achieved.”

Votes can be submitted until February 24. All submissions will then be reviewed and the winners in each category will be revealed in the spring/summer 2020 issue of ICFR, to be published in March.

Built in Vietnam, the MV Alfred is described as the most environmentally friendly ferry of its kind in Scotland

Pentland Ferries has a wind turbine for feeding power to the offices, shore base and ship when it is docked overnight. The Alfred has energy efficient LED lighting throughout.



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