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It really should have been good news all round on the ferry front this week.
A first look inside the new ferry terminal shows what a fine facility it is and it should be open for use within days.
An airy ticket off, a departure lounge with panoramic view, toilets aplenty, passengers coming and going separated to avoid congestion – it is more like a small airport terminal. Only one small drawback: the distance to walk to the ferry is nearly double what it is now – but it is under cover.
Great too to hear how green the new terminal is. with its biomass plant, powered by local pellets, photovolatic panels on the roof and natural ventilation it is one of the most eco friendly buildings on the island.
What a pity then that all this has to be spoiled with the news that the new ferry – for which the new terminal has been purpose built – is to be delayed possibly by as much as six months.
The Clyde shipyard, where the MV Sannox is being built, blame ‘the challenges presented by the vessels’ specification’, but they knew that when the won the tender for the contract.
It is the launch next week so lets hope there will be no further delays in the weeks and months ahead.