With 177 passengers on board, the ro/ro ferry MV ISLE OF MULL was approaching Oban, Argyll, Scotland, when a 60 knot (70 mph) gust of wind rammed the ferry in to the pier.
The ship’s bow visor and the gangway were both damaged but no injures were reported. The Clyde Coast Guard reported that all passengers were landed safely. The 1988-built, UK-flagged Caledonian MacBrayne vessel will be out of service until repairs can be made. The MV ISLE OF MULL measures 4,719 gt and can carry total of 962 passengers and 70 cars.
A replacement vessel, the 3,040 gt MV HEBRIDEAN ISLES, will being used for the Oban to Craignure crossing while ISLE OF MULL is out of action.
MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his works has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York, London and Iceland. Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum has commissioned artworks and collected his photographs.