The Arran ferry is to undergo an overhaul of its CCTV network as CalMac invests a record amount in its Winter maintenance programme.

More than £9 million is being targeted at vessel resilience. This is in addition to the annual planned maintenance expenditure to ensure every vessel is ready for another year of supporting communities across the West coast. The resilience programme is more than double the amount spent last year.

MV Caledonian Isles is to have its existing CCTV systems replaced with new improved ones. The new systems shall allow for improved safety and security for crew and passengers as well as improve observation capabilities within the machinery spaces, car decks and open decks/oversides of the vessels.

The work is scheduled to take place from January 4- 20, during which time MV Caledonian Isles will be replaced by the Isle of Arran and Hebridean Isles.

CalMac’s director of Asset Management, Julie Philpott, said: “Trying to ensure that every vessel gets the proper levels of maintenance and upgrades, while keeping lifeline ferry services running is an extremely complex operation.”