The MV Alfred entered service on 1 November 2019. It has spacious seating areas, a café, outdoor seating, and an indoor dog-friendly sundeck lounge. There is also a lift for access from the car deck to the lounges, space for 98 cars, or 54 cars with 12 articulated vehicles/coaches and 430 passengers.
The ship is the cleanest and greenest ferry of its kind, with over 60% less fuel consumption and CO2 emissions than similar ferries serving the Scottish islands.
MV Alfred was built in Vung Tao, Vietnam at the Strategic Marine shipyard. It is an 85m catamaran designed by BMT Nigel Gee. Work commenced in April 2017 when the keel laying ceremony took place.