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Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) has announced that ferries and signage will use Gaelic as part of a new push to promote the language.

The bilingual signs at harbours and other properties will also include giving all ferries a Gaelic name.

The commitments are contained in CMAL’s third edition of its just-published Gaelic Language Plan.

Also to be overhauled are the company’s communications, with its website and social media, to include Gàidhlig translations.

Morag McNeill, chair at CMAL, said: “We recognise that the Gaelic language is an integral part of Scotland’s heritage, national identity, and cultural life. Our initiatives will help ensure that Gaelic has a sustainable future in Scotland.

“If Gaelic is to be revitalised as a living language in Scotland, we must all make a concerted effort to promote, enhance and encourage its increased use.”

The Gaelic plan can be read and downloaded in full here.

The Scottish Government wholly owns CMAL, which serves routes on the River Clyde and the Inner and Outer Hebrides. It also operates NorthLink Ferries, which connects Orkney and Shetland with the mainland.