Providing early identification of defects, JFM's condition monitoring software system and services will be used by CalMac on 14 vessels.

James Fisher Mimic (JFM), part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has been selected to provide a mixture of handheld and fixed Mimic monitoring systems across vessels of the CalMac fleet.

JFM is providing software, hardware, training and expert services to assist CalMac in its operations to provide reliable and resilient lifeline services to the west coast of Scotland.

CalMac Ferries Ltd is the UK's largest ferry operator and runs its fleet to over 50 ports and harbours across 200 miles of Scotland's west coast. The company completes around 162,750 sailings a year - ranging from five minutes to seven hours. Last year CalMac shipped around 5.6 million passengers and 1.4 million vehicles across its network.

Of the contract award Martin Briddon MBE, JFM's business development manager said:

" We are proud to have been selected to provide the condition monitoring systems and services to the CalMac fleet. Mimic continues to evolve as a product that is seen to provide the answers to the questions being asked by current ship operators trying to juggle costs against revenue. Wasteful maintenance results in wasting money and can often create further problems."

Julie Philpott, director of asset management for CalMac Ferries Ltd added:

"We are delighted to be working with JFM on this important piece of work. Early identification of defects is vital to ensuring we have a resilient fleet serving the communities of Scotland's west coast.

"JFM and the Mimic software was selected as the system offering the best value for the company and we are looking forward to working with JFM to achieve the goals we have set."

JFM continue to expand its footprint across all sectors of the maritime industry.