The Pentalina

A brand new catamaran was introduced to the route in 2008 – taking the service into the 21st century.

Work started on the new boat in Cebu in the Philippines in February 2007 and progressed steadily throughout the year.

By November 2007 the main structure was almost complete and work had started on the fixtures and fittings.

The Pentalina was launched in Cebu on 22nd April 2008.

After a lengthy journey from the Philippines to Orkney the MV Pentalina finally arrived in St Margaret’s Hope on 10th December 2008.

Throughout December 2008 and January 2009 the MV Pentalina underwent final fitting out and trials before taking over the route from the MV Claymore.

The MV Pentalina has accommodation for 9 articulated lorries, more than 30 cars and 250 passengers (346 passengers in peak season).

On 1 November 2020, the Pentalina was replaced on the route by MV Alfred.