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31/01/07 Western Isles:
Loch Alainn
arrived on Barra at 1600 this afternoon after her long trek from the Clyde. Her trials on the Ardmhor - Eriskay roster should begin shortly in view to displacing the Loch Bhrusda. The Clyde ferry has a greater car capacity of 24 over the Hebridean vessels 18 which should allow her to cope with increased demand for the route generated by new Island Hopscotch© tickets CalMac now provide.

Lord of the Isles is lying Bow first in Oban tonight while the Isle of Mull berthed in Craignure.

Isles of Arran took up the 1250 sailing from Kennacraig to Port Ellen. Hebridean Isles left Kennacraig at 1300 bound for Scrabster. Her ETA at the Pentland port is 1000 tomorrow morning.

Clansman
is settling in to her relief duties on the Northern Minch roster between Ullapool - Stornoway.
PICTURE: Ronnie Mac Neil
Loch Alainn at Barra today

PICTURE: Margaret Morrison
Clansman at Stornoway today
 
30/01/07 Western Isles:
Loch Alainn
has been continuing her journey up towards Barra today. She was spotted in the Sound of Jura, off Loch Crinan at 1030 this morning which would indicate she was making for Oban and a passage through the Sound of Mull. She is due to arrive on Barra late tomorrow.

Isle of Arran was seen sailing south past Whiting Bay, Arran at 1315 this afternoon, she later arrived in Port Ellen this evening. She will sail for Kennacraig tomorrow morning and will take over from the Hebridean Isles for the 1300 sailing to Islay. Hebridean Isles will depart for Stromness at around 1400 as she is due to relieve on the Stromness - Scrabster route for NorthLink's Hamnavoe.

Company News:

V Ships Pulls Out of Ferry Tender
(external link to BBC)

CalMac to Begin Meetings to Inform CHFS Tender Bid
CalMac Comment on CHFS Tender Process
CalMac Welcomes Clarification on Relocation
CalMac to Survey Bute Customers
(external links to CalMac)
PICTURE: Colin Grant
Loch Alainn heading north today

PICTURE: SoC Crew
Isle of Arran at Port Ellen tonight
   
 
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29/01/07 Isle of Lewis arrived in the Mersey around 0600 this morning. She later berthed alongside Birkenhead at 0700.
  Western Isles:
Isle of Mull was reduced to a crawl approaching Craignure this morning. She eventually docked at 0755 with more possible engine difficulties. She then completed a fast turn around and departed Craignure at 0805.
Raasay is now back on her winter station at Tobermory while Loch Linnhe has moved on, destination currently unknown.
PICTURE: SoC Crew
Raasay at Tobermory today
  Clyde:
Saturn
was called upon to assist in a search and rescue operation off Wemyss Bay this afternoon. She missed one sailing and then made for Rothesay where she arrived at 1540. Juno sailed as normal and took the backlog of traffic caused by Saturn's missed sailing.
Loch Alainn
called at Rhubodach yesterday en route through the Kyles of Bute to Lochranza.
 
28/01/07 Western Isles:
Isle of Lewis was passing Macarthur's Head on Islay today at 1400 southbound to Birkenhead for her overhaul. She was later noted sailing down the Kintyre coast around 1450 and emerged from the North Channel at 1630.
Update 2245:
Isle of Lewis was, at 2245, off the Isle of Man - Chickens Rock en route to Birkenhead for overhaul.
Lord of the Isles was 17min late arriving in Castlebay tonight. Her timetabled arrival was 2020, she arrived at 2037.
Clyde:
Isle of Cumbrae took over as Cumbrae ferry this evening. Loch Alainn sailed for Lochranza, calling at Rhubodach on the way. She is making for Ardmhor on Barra where she will carry out trials with a view to replacing Loch Bhrusda later this year. She will return to Largs in just over a week after the trials are complete.

Colintraive - Rhubodach (Loch Dunvegan):
Service is now running but may be liable to disruption or cancellation due to weather conditions.

Terminals:
Work to improve the Terminal at Port Askaig continues with further engineering works on site. Works vessel Laura M is currently on site with pontoon and excavator (Pictured opposite). Engineering work includes a new Linkspan, Sheet Piling and Berthing Dolphins. All ferries are currently still diverted to Port Ellen.
PICTURE: SoC Crew
Isle of Cumbrae arriving at Largs

PICTURE: Colin Grant
Laura M at Port Askaig
 
27/01/07 Birkenhead Ship Yard Expected Ferry Arrivals:
29/01/07 Isle of Lewis - No 4 Dry Dock
19/02/07 Clansman - No 7 Dry Dock
25/02/07 Hrossey - No 5 Dry Dock

Clyde:

Caledonian Isles resumes service today with a sailing at 0700 ex Ardrossan to re-position in Brodick for the first sailing at 0820.
Isle of Cumbrae is due to take up the Largs - Cumbrae roster tomorrow to allow the Loch Alainn to head north. The Loch Alainn will then trial her capabilities on the Ardmhor - Eriskay roster in view of displacing the Loch Bhrusda on the crossing.

Loch Riddon was temporary grounded at Portavadie at 1045 due to the weight of a coach pushing her onto the slip. The coach then also grounded its self on the slip at Tarbert delaying the 1115 departure to 1123. The coach was conveying the Clyde River Steamer Club to Kennacraig for a sailing to Islay and back.

Isle of Arran is due to depart fro Kennacraig on Tuesday morning to relieve the Hebridean Isles.

Largs - Cumbrae (Loch Alainn):
From mid-day on Sunday 28/01/07, Isle of Cumbrae will be operating the Largs - Cumbrae service while regular vessel, Loch Alainn, is away on trials.
This means a reduced vehicle carrying capacity on this service.
Loch Alainn is expected to return to service on the Largs - Cumbrae route on Sunday 04/02/07.
  Western Isles:
Clansman is currently en route to Coll to drop off the gangway she used at Brodick and will make for Castlebay to drop off her other gangway she uses at Ardrossan before heading to Stornoway to relieve the Isle of Lewis. Isle of Lewis will most likely head for dry-dock (at Birkenhead) after her last run today which should allow her to reach the Mersey for Monday morning.
Update 1200:
Clansman is currently berthing in Castlebay en-route to Stornoway, she is expected to stay for the day in the harbour.
Update 1455:
Clansman is just departing Castlebay
Update 1505:
Clansman is now exiting the bay to and is making for Stornoway.
Clansman later arrived at Stornoway approx 2030.

Raasay was on the Tayinloan - Gigha run but was reported heading North yesterday, probably to Tobermory.

SoC Live! Update 1550:
Hebridean Isles is currently conducting fire and lifeboat drills.
The crew conducted an exercise on the stern car deck with fire fighting gear, her lifeboat was then lowered 6 feet and raised.
PICTURE: Ronnie MacNeill
Clansman in Castlebay today

PICTURE: Castlebay Webcam
Clansman exiting Castlebay
 
26/01/07 Western Isles:
SoC Live! Update 2135:
Isle of Mull departed Oban at 2132 on her 2130 departure to Craignure.

Clyde:

A reminder for Saturday 3rd February 2007 - Withdrawn sailings:
Ardrossan - Brodick (Caledonian Isles):
The 1230 sailing from Ardrossan and the 1350 sailing from Brodick have been withdrawn from service on Sat 3rd February 2007, as per information printed in the winter timetable.
 
25/01/07 Western Isles:
Lord of the Isles performed some interesting manoeuvres this morning. At 0635 she was noted Bow first at Oban Linkspan, at 0735 she had switched to Stern first, by 0835 she was back to Bow first and seconds later she departed for Coll and Tiree, 1hour and 50mins down on her timetable. At 0930 - CalMac Advised that the 1530 sailing to Castlebay & Lochboisdale is running 2 hours late and Intending Passengers are advised to check in at 1630. It is possible she may have a bow visor or bow ramp problem but it must have been fixed in readiness for her 0835 departure.
SoC Live! Update 1545:
Lord of the Isles is currently passing Pennygowan on Mull en route to Oban.
Update 1640:
Lord of the Isles called into Craignure at 1615 stern first to pick up traffic, she left again at 1630 for Oban almost full.

Isle of Arran is anticipated to depart Gourock for Kennacraig on Monday to take up the Islay roster. This will allow the Hebridean Isles to make fro Orkney and relieve the Hamnavoe for overhaul.

Oban - Castlebay / Lochboisdale (Lord of the Isles):
Service is running approximately 2 hours late at present.  All vehicles should check in at Oban at 1630 for boarding.

Oban - Coll / Tiree (Lord of the Isles):
The ferry from Oban to Coll & Tiree is currently running 1hour and 50minutes late.
 
Clyde:
Clansman performed the 1800 departure from Ardrossan - Brodick while Caledonian Isles has sat for the day at the Irish Berth. Clansman later departed around 2000 leaving Brodick for the Western Isles.

Colintraive - Rhubodach (Loch Dunvegan):
Due to technical problems with Loch Dunvegan the Colintraive - Rhubodach route may be subject to delays and cancellations.
PICTURE: Robbie Mathieson
Caledonian Isles today
 
24/01/07 Western Isles:
SoC Live!
Update 1630:

Isle of Mull is currently just passing the mouth of Loch Spelvie presumably on her way back from Colonsay.

Loch Linnhe is still at Tobermory on the Kilchoan roster as Raasay is away.
 
  Clyde:
Update 0745:
Caledonian Isles is just entering the Clyde area rounding the tip of the Mull at 11kts.
Update 1130:
Caledonian Isles is now berthed at the former Burns & Laird berth at Ardrossan. The changeover with Clansman will take place on Friday, exact time is to be confirmed.
Update 1900:
Caledonian Isles is still currently berthed in Ardrossan while Clansman sits at Brodick.

Isle of Cumbrae was floated out of Ardmaleish Boat Yard around 1500 this afternoon after her overhaul.
PICTURE: Tom McGratten
Caledonian Isles today
 
23/01/07 Update 0740:
Caledonian Isles
is just passing through the Pentland Firth. Assuming there are no stop over's, she is expected to be at Arran / Brodick by about 0700 tomorrow. Clansman will possibly not head off back to Oban tonight just in case there are any last minute difficulties. It's also a crew change tomorrow for Clansman, so she might hang around at Ardrossan in the morning.

Western Isles:

Lord of the Isles was berthed stern in tonight at Oban last night, she was later sighted passing Tobermory  at 0836 bound for Coll - Tiree.
Update 1830:
Caledonian Isles is currently just off the north tip of Skye bound for the Clyde.

SoC Live! Update 1613:
Loch Fyne
seems to have hit the forecasted gales first, she is making her crossing but kicking up some impressive spray.
 
22/01/07 Clyde:
Isle of Arran is still currently berthed at Gourock Wires berth.

It is anticipated that Caledonian Isles will return to Arran after her overhaul on the 27/01/07, changing over with the Clansman on the evening or following morning.
Update 2015:
Caledonian Isles left Aberdeen at 2012 tonight, so she should be expected to be at Ardrossan for Wednesday morning.
PICTURE: SoC Crew
Isle of Arran this morning
 
21/01/07 Past Fleet News - On This Day...
In 2005 both Caledonian Isles and Isle of Mull met up with each other at Gourock, it was to be only the second time the vessels had met each other in such close quarters.
  NorthLink:
Scrabster - Stromness (Hamnavoe):
Hamnavoe
 arrived in Stromness at 1445.
The next scheduled sailing will depart Stromness at 1645 to arrive in Scrabster at 1815 due to adverse weather.
Update 1910:
Hamnavoe departed Scrabster at 1900 and is expected to arrive in Stromness at 2030.
The next scheduled sailing will depart Stromness at 0630 to arrive in Stromness at 0800 tomorrow.
PICTURE: Harold Petrie
Hrossey in Aberdeen today
  PICTURE: Harold Petrie PICTURE: Harold Petrie PICTURE: Harold Petrie
Caledonian Isles in Aberdeen dock today
 
20/01/07 Western Isles:
Update 0925:
Fionnphort - Iona (Loch Buie): Service suspended. To be reviewed at 1100.

Tarbert - Portavadie (Loch Riddon):
Service suspended until further notice. Review mid-morning.

Tayinloan - Gigha (Loch Tarbert):
Service suspended until further notice.

Kennacraig - Port Ellen (Hebridean Isles):
0700 ex Kennacraig and 0945 ex Port Ellen cancelled. 1250 sailing to be reviewed at 1200.
Update 2000:
Hebridean Isles arrived at Port Ellen at 1530 and departed at 1545 due to weather.

Oban - Coll - Tiree (Lord of the Isles): Due to adverse weather conditions the Lord of the Isles has delayed her departure from Oban to Coll and Tiree until 1200 today.

Update 1655:
Isle of Arran is noted heading to Gourock, she has just rounded the Mull of Kintyre inbound. Destination presumably Gourock, updates to follow on her location.
Update 2100:
Isle of Arran has gone straight into the wires with no unloading of Crew cars. This could suggest she is not hanging about on the Clyde. She could be just collect stores before heading back to Kennacraig to relieve the Hebridean Isles.

NorthLink:
Scrabster - Stromness (Hamnavoe):
Hamnavoe departed Stromness at 1645 to arrive in Scrabster at 1815.
The next scheduled sailing will depart Scrabster at 1900 to arrive in Stromness at 2030.
The 0900 sailing from Stromness - Scrabster on Sunday 21st will be delayed and is now expected to depart at 1100.
The 1200 sailing from Scrabster - Stromness will be departing at 1300.
The 1645 sailing from Stromness and the 1900 from Scrabster is under review.
 
19/01/07 Western Isles:
Isle of Mull was having her starboard side liferafts refitted today. The liferafts and cradle were removed last Saturday and taken away by lorry presumably to have them checked.

Kennacraig - Port Ellen (Hebridean Isles):
Due to the overnight forecast the Captain has advised that they will return to Kennacraig this evening rather than lie overnight in Port Ellen.
The vessel will sail as per timetable at 1800 to Port Ellen, on arrival they will offload and reload any traffic for shipment from the scheduled 0415 tomorrow (Saturday 20th January 2007).
The 0415 Saturday 20th January 2007 has been cancelled.
Next sailing as per timetable at 0700 Saturday 20th January 2007 - Weather Permitting.
Update 2105:
Hebridean Isles arrived at Port Ellen at 2045 and departed at 2100 for Kennacraig.
  NorthLink:
New containers specifically designed for the transport of livestock from the Northern Isles will be trialled by NorthLink Ferries next month.
NorthLink expects to receive three prototypes of the newly designed livestock containers from its supplier’s manufacturing plant in China early in February. The containers are being shipped in to Grangemouth, where they are scheduled to arrive on Friday, February 2.
Thereafter, they will be transported to the Northern Isles for inspection and trials on the company’s freight vessels Hascosay and Clare. The ferry operator will consult with a range of interested parties on the prototypes, including industry experts, farmers, buyers, and importantly, the appropriate health and welfare authorities. Once the testing and consultation process is complete, NorthLink will have the opportunity to make modifications to the design prior to contracting the full production run of more than 100 containers.
PICTURE: NorthLink
NorthLink's new
livestock container demo
  Gareth Crichton, NorthLink’s commercial director, said: “We’re looking forward to receiving the prototypes in the next few weeks and are very encouraged by photos showing one of the containers before they left China recently.
“The shipping of the prototypes is a significant milestone in the process of introducing a new system for shipping livestock from the Northern Isles. The next stage is for us to test the system’s suitability in practice and this is crucially important. During this testing period we will also seek the views of those involved in the livestock industry, from farmers themselves and the appropriate regulatory bodies.”
 
18/01/07 Western Isles:
SoC Live! Update 0750:
Isle of Arran
is currently alongside the south berth (opposite the linkspan) in Craignure.
SoC Live! Update 1330:
Lord of the Isles is currently running late, she has just past Tobermory now.
SoC
Live! Update 1615:
Isle of Arran has just fired up her engines as Isle of Mull entered Craignure Bay, destination currently unknown.

Kennacraig - Port Ellen (Hebridean Isles):
Update 1400:
Hebridean Isles
is currently running a hour late. Updates to follow.

Tayinloan - Gigha (Loch Tarbert):
Service is currently suspended due to adverse weather conditions.
 
17/01/07 Western Isles:
SoC Live! Update 1000:
Isle of Arran is currently lying outside Oban bay waiting for the Isle of Mull to depart from the linkspan. 
SoC Live! Update 1027:
Isle of Mull is now on the North Pier out of service and having her Liferafts stowage attended too. Isle of Arran is just departing the linkspan with a delayed 1000 departure to Craignure. Eigg has just appeared in the bay arriving from Lismore.
SoC
Live!
Update 1615:
The weather has suddenly deteriorated in the Sound of Mull and Loch Fyne is struggling to make it across to Fishnish.

Dolphins were noted playing in front of Lochnevis on her way from Mallaig - Armadale today.


Barra - Eriskay (Loch Bhrusda):
Due to Weather Conditions the Chargehand has cancelled the 1710 sailing ex Ardmhor and the return 1815 sailing ex Eriskay.
The next return sailing will be as timetabled for Thursday 18 Jan.

Kennacraig - Port Ellen (Hebridean Isles):
Update 2100:
Due to Adverse Weather the 1815 departure ex Kennacraig by Hebridean Isles is returning to Kennacraig ETA approx 2100,  where she will berth overnight.
This in effect will mean that the scheduled 0415 sailing tomorrow (Thursday 18th Nov) from Port Ellen has been cancelled.
Next sailing to Islay will be as per timetable at 0700 (Thursday 18th Nov 07) -  bound for Port Ellen.

Clyde:
Isle of Cumbrae is now in for her annual overhaul. Loch Ranza is currently sitting at Rothesay with her radar spinning presumably making ready to sail soon.

Past Fleet News - On This Day...
In 2005 we reported that Researchers at Southampton and Highlands & the Isles universities believe recent severe storms would become more frequent and stronger in future. They weren't half right!
 
16/01/07 Western Isles:
The Inflatable Liferafts recently lost overboard from the Isle of Mull have appeared at Tralee Bay, near Appin, Benderloch.

The intended route from Oban - Craignure is shown opposite with the location of the Liferafts recovered shown by the orange dot. They were carried by the tide up towards the Lynn of Lorn and were washed ashore in the bay.
PICTURE: SoC Crew
 
SoC Live! Update 0720:
Isle of Arran was berthed stern in at Oban and departed the Linkspan 5min late (0655) and moved slowly towards the South Pier before leaving the bay very slowly bound for Coll / Tiree. The crew had to lower her anchor last night and retrieve it before leaving this morning. Isle of Mull spent the night in Craignure, all of her starboard side inflatable rafts are now missing following her roll on the 12/01/07.
SoC Live! Update 0737:
Isle of Arran is just passing Craignure bound for Coll / Tiree.
SoC Live! Update 0846:
Lord of the Isles is currently just passing Tobermory bay bound for Oban returning from Lochboisdale.
SoC Live! Update 0852:
Isle of Arran is just passing Lord of the Isles at Tobermory now. Isle of Arran 18min late outward bound and Lord of the Isles inward bound.
SoC Live! Update 0925:
Lord of the Isles is currently 15min late outbound for Castlebay passing Fishnish. Isle of Arran is also running late but only by about 5min, she should make this up on her run to Coll / Tiree.
SoC Live! Update 1102:
Lord of the Isles is just departing Oban for Colonsay now.
SoC Live! Update 1410:
Isle of Arran
is currently running a hour late returning from Coll & Tiree, she is just visible nearing Tobermory now where she should be passing Fishnish.
  SoC Live! Update 1650:
Lord of the Isles is just departing Oban for Castlebay and Lochboisdale, 1 hour and 20 mins late, a result of previous disruptions.
SoC Live! Update 1715:
After arriving in Oban and departing again, Isle of Arran is just arriving at Craignure for a overnight berth, a sharp turn around for the relief vessel in her busy emergency rosters and a well earned rest. Isle of Mull is just departing Craignure now on a late 1700 departure back to Oban, the delay caused by ferry congestion in Oban.
SoC Live! Update 1740:
Lord of the Isles is just currently passing Craignure running about 90min late outbound for Castlebay with supplies on her second run of the day to Barra after the recent storms
PICTURE: SoC Crew
Isle of Arran approaching Craignure
 
Oban - Castlebay / Lochboisdale (Lord of the Isles):
Today's Amended Timetable for Castlebay & Lochboisdale will be as follows:
2100 dep Oban*
0220 arr Castlebay
0240 dep Castlebay
0435 arr Lochboisdale
0455 dep Lochboisdale
1015 arr Oban
* Last Night (Monday)
Lord of the Isles departed at 2101 last night en route to Castlebay as expected. Updates to follow on her progress.

Uig - Tarbert - Lochmaddy (Hebrides):
Due to the weather conditions yesterday Hebrides will be running a revised timetable for today (weather permitting):
0730 dep Tarbert - Uig
0940 dep Uig-Lochmaddy
1150 dep Lochmaddy - Uig
1400 dep Uig - Tarbert
1600 dep Tarbert - Lochmaddy
1800 dep Lochmaddy - Uig
2000 dep Uig - Tarbert

Oban - Colonsay (Lord of the Isles):
Due to adverse weather conditions over the last few days an extra sailing will be departing Oban at 1100 today.

Mallaig - Small Isles (Lochnevis):
Loch Nevis
is due to make a call at all four islands today in lue of missing them previously due to severe weather conditions. Timetable available form Mallaig office.

Tayinloan - Gigha (Loch Tarbert):
Due to debris being cleared a Tayinloan, Loch Tarbert is now operating to normal timetable.

NorthLink:
Delays Affecting Aberdeen Arrivals:
Due to adverse weather conditions the 0700 arrival of Hjaltland has been delayed, she is currently estimated to arrive in Aberdeen at 1015.
Update 1030:
Hjaltland has just docked in Aberdeen at 1025. Her 1900 departure tonight is as timetabled.

NorthLink has confirmed this year’s dry-dock schedule for the Hamnavoe.
The vessel will travel to the Danish port Fredericia for its annual maintenance, coming out of service on Saturday, February 3, returning on Wednesday, February 14.
During this period, the chartered ferry Hebridean Isles will operate to a revised schedule across the Pentland Firth, due to the longer crossing times.
The Hamnavoe departs for dock following the last arrival in Stromness on Friday, February 2. The Hebridean Isles will stand in from Saturday, February 3, until Tuesday, February 13, with the Hamnavoe picking up schedule from 0630 Wednesday 14th February.
Stand-in timetable as follows:
Mon - Fri
0615 dep Stromness - 0815 arr Scrabster
0845 dep Scrabster - 1045 arr Stromness
1115 dep Stromness - 1315 arr Scrabster
1400 dep Scrabster - 1600 arr Stromness
1645 dep  Stromness - 1845 arr Scrabster
1915 dep Scrabster - 2115 arr Stromness
Sat & Sun
0830 dep Stromness - 1030 arr Scrabster
1200 dep
Scrabster - 1400 arr Stromness
1645 dep Stromness - 1845 arr Scrabster
1915 dep Scrabster - 2115 arr Stromness

Note: with the longer crossing time the rescheduled 1100 departure from Stromness will not for the period of the drydock connect with the scheduled 1300 coach or 1306 southbound train.  NorthLink has therefore made arrangements to lay on a coach running from Scrabster to Train making a connection available with the southbound train from Train at 1542.
Foot passengers wishing a direct connection southbound are advised to use the first sailing off Stromness connecting with morning southbound bus and train schedules as usual.
On Sat & Sun arrangements have been made to move the scheduled sailing forward to 0830 to allow connection with the southbound coach at 1045.
 
15/01/07 Caledonian Isles is well underway with her annual overhaul in Aberdeen as these current pictures show.
PICTURE: Harold Petrie PICTURE: Harold Petrie PICTURE: Harold Petrie
Caledonian Isles in Aberdeen dry dock

Western Isles:
Isle of Arran
was seen heading south in Firth of Lorne at 1345 into a strong South / South-easterly. It looked like she had maybe departed Craignure. Perhaps on the Colonsay sailing. She will be staying in Oban tonight with Lord of the Isles who is presumably preparing for either tomorrow morning 0645 or tonight's 2115 sailing.
Update 1800:
Lord of the Isles at 1615 had her Radar & Navigation Lights on, but her Bow Visor was sitting at 10 Degree angle off the closed position for some reason. She was also sitting south side of the pier in Craignure. It is currently unknown what is in Oban as there is nothing in at the Linkspan.
Update 1830:
Isle of Arran is currently backing stern first into Oban linkspan.
Update 2000:
Lord of the Isles is preparing to take the 2115 sailing to the Outer Isles, after which she should make the Colonsay sailing tomorrow morning. (See Colonsay Roster today).
Update 2105:
Lord of the Isles berthed stern first into Oban linkspan at 2040 and has just departed now at 2101 for the overnight sail to Castlebay. For Timetable see Castlebay roster below.
SoC Live! Update 2337:
Lord of the Isles is just passing Tobermory bound for Castlebay.

Mallaig - Small Isles (Lochnevis):
Loch Nevis
has been unable to berth at Isle of Eigg and Muck today due to adverse weather conditions.
She is attempting to call at Rum at the moment with an ETA of 1220.
Update:
Loch Nevis missed both Eigg and Muck as she was unable to berth due to the weather.

Mallaig - Armadale (Lochnevis):
The 1600 ex Mallaig and the 1645 ex Armadale have been cancelled for today due to severe adverse weather conditions.
Next sailing will be tomorrow 16/01/07 at 0840.

Oban - Colonsay (Isle of Arran):
Due to adverse weather conditions, today's 1200 sailing from Oban (delayed until c1300) did not make it's scheduled arrival in Colonsay and has had to turn back for Oban arriving back around 1800.
The next sailing will be departing Oban at 1100 tomorrow morning performed by Lord of the Isles after she returns from the Outer Isles.

Oban - Castlebay / Lochboisdale (Lord of the Isles):
Today's Amended Timetable for Castlebay & Lochboisdale will be as follows:
2100 dep Oban
0220 arr Castlebay*
0240 dep Castlebay*
0435 arr Lochboisdale*
0455 dep Lochboisdale*
1015 arr Oban*
* Tuesday
Update 2105:
Lord of the Isles berthed stern first into Oban linkspan and has just departed for the overnight sail to Castlebay.

Fishnish - Lochaline (Loch Fyne):
Due to worsening weather conditions, the 1600 from Lochaline and the 1625 from Fishnish will be the last sailings of the day.

Leverburgh - Berneray (Loch Portain):
Due to adverse weather the following sailings have been cancelled:
0800 ex Berneray
0940 ex Leverburgh
Update 1300:
All further sailings today have been cancelled due to the adverse weather.

Uig - Tarbert - Lochmaddy (Hebrides):
Due to worsening weather conditions Hebrides returned to Tarbert.
The situation will be re-assessed at 1500.
Update 1530:
All sailings on this route have been cancelled for today as there is no improvement in the weather.
There will be a revised timetable for tomorrow in operation (weather permitting):
0730 dep Tarbert - Uig
0940 dep Uig-Lochmaddy
1150 dep Lochmaddy - Uig
1400 dep Uig - Tarbert
1600 dep Tarbert - Lochmaddy
1800 dep Lochmaddy - Uig
2000 dep Uig - Tarbert

Barra - Eriskay (Loch Bhrusda):
The Chargehand has advised that due to the weather conditions he was cancelling the 0925 sailing ex Ardmhor and the return 1030 sailing ex Eriskay.
The next return sailing will be reviewed at approx 1200 today.
Update 1230:
With no improvement in the weather conditions the following sailings have also been cancelled:
1230 ex Ardmhor - Eriskay
1410 ex Eriskay -Ardmhor
The last return sailing will be reviewed at 1600 today.
Update 1730:
With no improvement in the weather conditions the following sailings have also been cancelled:
1710 ex Ardmhor - Eriskay
1815 ex Eriskay -Ardmhor
The next sailing should be tomorrow morning (weather permitting).

Ullapool - Stornoway (Isle of Lewis):
1030 ex Ullapool and 1345 sailing ex Ullapool have been cancelled.
Isle of Lewis hopes to resume normal schedule at 1715 from Ullapool to Stornoway.
Update:
All further sailings today have been cancelled.

Sconser - Raasay (Loch Striven):
Due to worsening weather conditions the 1000 ex Raasay and the 1030 ex Sconser are now cancelled.
Further sailings will be reviewed on a sailing to sailing basis.

Tayinloan - Gigha (Loch Tarbert):
Due to the ongoing problems at Tayinloan slipway combined by adverse weather conditions today, CalMac are currently operating the service between Kennacraig - Gigha.
Passenger numbers are restricted to 12 as with pervious diversions.
If weather permits the next sailings will be
1315 ex Kennacraig - Gigha
1530 ex Gigha - Kennacraig

Fionnphort - Iona (Loch Buie):
This service is currently suspended due to adverse weather conditions.
The next sailing will be 1415 ex Fionnphort, weather permitting.
Update 1430:
Service is still suspended due to adverse weather conditions. This will be reviewed at 1500.
 
Clyde:
Bute
moved to James Watt Dock from Gourock in the morning.

It appears Jupiter has 'lost' her Starboard 'Dodger' (the piece of glass that protects the crew on the flying bridge wing) sometime recently. It was last noted in place on the 11/01/07 so can only have disappeared recently. It's possible that they were taken off for some reason, but given the weather recently on the Upper Firth, it's equally possible that they were literally torn off by the high winds during the squalls.
The opposite image depicts the lower bridge deck dodger in place (brown fixing with glass) while the upper flying bridge deck is missing. It was of a similar appearance. Her Port side remains in place.
PICTURE: Allan Comrie
Jupiter minus 'dodger'
(intact on lower deck)

Wemyss Bay - Rothesay (Saturn, Juno):
Due to a deterioration in the weather conditions further sailings will be reviewed at 1800.
The following sailings have been cancelled;
1730 ex Rothesay
1815 ex Wemyss Bay
Update 1745:
Juno is currently in Rothesay while Saturn is battling to get out of Wemyss Bay.
Update 1830:
Due to an improvement in the weather conditions Saturn will carry out the following sailings:
1815 ex Rothesay - Wemyss Bay
1900 ex Wemyss Bay - Rothesay
Weather permitting Juno will carry out  last departures from Rothesay & Wemyss Bay.
Intending passengers are advised to check prior to travelling.
Update 1850:
Route now operating as timetabled.
 
NorthLink:
A gap in the weather seems to have allowed the Hjatland to sail from Aberdeen northbound.

Hjaltland arrived in Lerwick at 0740 this morning and is scheduled for departure at 1900 sailing for Aberdeen.
Hrossey arrived in Aberdeen at 0650 this morning and departed Aberdeen at 1840 sailing for Lerwick.
Hrossey is scheduled to arrive in Lerwick at 0730.

Scrabster - Stromness (Hamnavoe):
Hamnavoe undertook her 1315 sailings and arrived back in Stromness at 1445.
Owing to adverse weather conditions the 1645 sailing from Stromness and the 1900 sailing from Scrabster have been cancelled.
PICTURE: Harold Petrie
Hjaltland in Aberdeen...
PICTURE:
...compared to Hamnavoe the other day!
 
14/01/07 Disruptions to Ferry Services Caused by Severe Weather
Light to moderate winds are forecast for a time on Tuesday, but strong winds and gales are set to return on Tuesday evening, Wednesday and Thursday along with a risk of severe gales or perhaps storm force winds in northern and western areas on Thursday. This is expected to lead to service disruptions across CalMac's network.

Western Isles:
Isle of Arran
is currently on the Oban - Craignure crossing standing in for her fleet mate Isle of Mull which is currently out of service with a fault in her second engine again.
SoC Live! Update 1000:
Isle of Arran has just departed Oban and is currently heading for Craignure.
SoC Live! Update 1140:
Isle of Mull has been repaired in Oban and is currently operating a 0850 sailing to Coll and Tiree from Oban which departed this morning.
Lord of the Isles is currently assigned a 1530 timetabled Oban - Castlebay - Lochboisdale run this afternoon
(weather dependant).
SoC Live! Update 1155:
Isle of Arran is just docking at Oban linkspan and will possibly return to Tobermory once she unloads. She is berthing Bow first suggesting a Stern load at Craignure. A pretty short return to service for the standby vessel.
The Castlebay - Lochboisdale sailing has now been cancelled although Lord of the Isles is currently circling Oban bay awaiting the Isle of Arran's departure. She may take up the Craignure roster until the Isle of Mull returns. Barra has not had a ferry from Oban since Tuesday now due to the adverse weather.
SoC Live! Update 1230:
Lord of the Isles is now at the Linkspan berth Bow First with Isle of Arran nowhere to be found.
Update 1900:
Isle of Mull is now stern in at Oban linkspan ready for a early departure.

Loch Linnhe left Gigha this morning at 0700 and made for Lochaline. She then changed over and is now at Tobermory to relieve Raasay which will make for Corpach and her overhaul tomorrow.
Loch Tarbert has taken up the Tayinloan - Gigha run today where she worked the 1200 & 1300 services to Gigha. Following completion of the Sunday schedule at 1320 Loch Tarbert then headed for Kennacraig where she was noted at around 1500. The illuminated notice at Tayinloan slip informs that sailings to Gigha will be from Kennacraig for the next few days.

Oban - Castlebay / Lochboisdale (Lord of the Isles):
This afternoons sailing has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.
Mondays Amended Timetable for Castlebay & Lochboisdale will be as follows:
2100 dep Oban
0220 arr Castlebay
0240 dep Castlebay
0435 arr Lochboisdale
0455 dep Lochboisdale
1015 arr Oban
Lord of the Isles cabins may be required for these sailings!

Leverburgh - Berneray (Loch Portain):
Due to the worsening weather 1330 ex Berneray and 1440 ex Leverburgh have been cancelled.

Kennacraig - Port Ellen (Hebridean Isles):
Due to the adverse weather the 1800 sailing this evening from Kennacraig has been cancelled.
This will mean the 0415 from Port Ellen tomorrow morning (Monday) will also be cancelled.
The next sailing from Kennacraig will be 0700 tomorrow (Monday).

Tayinloan - Gigha (Loch Tarbert):
Due to the ongoing problem with the sand and seaweed compounded by tidal conditions at Tayinloan the AM sailings are subject to disruption  or cancellation.
The Loch Tarbert is to be based at Kennacraig in the meantime instead of Gigha for the shelter and operational reasons.
 
  Clyde:
Update 1100:
Wemyss Bay - Rothesay
appears to be operating as normal. Clansman is still in Brodick and is timetabled to depart at 1105 to Ardrossan, updates to follow on her destination if she departs at all.
Update 1120:
Clansman appears to be on course fro Ardrossan making 16kts.
Update 1145:
Clansman appears to be just off Ardrossan as timetabled.
Update 1200:
Clansman has just berthed at Ardrossan as scheduled.

PICTURE: Stuart McMahon
Clansman Battling The Firth Today

 
Company News:
Islanders see Catamarans As Sea Links Way Forward
Ferry Journey Cut Short By Hurricane Winds
 
13/01/07
Its is surmised the remaining Loch Class overhauls will run as follows: 
Loch Fyne - late Jan / early Feb, covered by Loch Tarbert
Loch Ranza to return to Gigha (mid-late Jan) to release Loch Linnhe
Loch Linnhe to go out to Barra to release Loch Bhrusda
Loch Bhrusda - overhaul during early-mid Feb, covered by Loch Linnhe
Loch Portain - late Feb / early Mar, covered by Loch Bhrusda (Loch Linnhe remaining at Eriskay until Loch Bhrusda returns just before summer timetable)
Isle of Cumbrae - after Loch Ranza
Loch Tarbert - after Isle of Cumbrae
 
Eigg will not be doing the Islay - Jura relief this year for the Council operated ferry.
 
Western Isles:
An update on the current situation with Isle of Mull (see yesterdays Fleet News):
It is possible that the MCA had Detained the Isle of Mull because of the lack of liferafts now onboard but, however true it may be, she will be operating well within her limits for the time being as she is running on restricted passenger numbers as she normally does during the winter timetable. Her capacity is reduced to around 500 passengers including the car deck passengers. At this time there does not seem to be any evidence of the MCA detaining her though.
She will operate the 0700 this morning which should depart as normal as the winds are forecast in a southerly direction with a 5mph wind.
Update 1300:
Isle of Mull is currently running 1 hour late due to the fact that the pressure of the weather yesterday has managed to shut down her 2nd engine onboard. Reports are that it may be damaged again.
Isle of Mull has now been in Craignure again for the best part of today with Lord of the Isles arriving back in Oban and disappearing between 1430 and 1530.
SoC Live! Update 1845:
Isle of Arran has now moved from Tobermory and is currently sitting stern first in Oban Linkspan Pier which is usually allocated to tomorrows Mull sailings. It appears Isle of Mull is suffering some serious technical fault with her second engine and could be off for some time. It is assumed she may be making ready for a slow voyage to the Clyde for repairs.
Isle of Arran looks set as the Mull ferry for tomorrow at least.
Isle of Mulls liferafts and cradles have been taken away by lorry for checks.

SoC Live! Current Locations of the Fleet As of 1930:
Isle of Arran:
Oban Linkspan Pier
Isle of Mull: Craignure Pier, South Side
Lord of the Isles: Craignure Pier North Side

Raasay has broken down this afternoon but is expected to be back in service shortly. Loch Tarbert has left Campbeltown to take over the Gigha roster but was diverted due to adverse weather to Kennacraig.

Oban - Craignure (Isle of Mull, Isle of Arran):
Update 1300:
Isle of Mull is currently running 1 hour late due to the fact that the pressure of the weather yesterday has managed to shut down her 2nd engine onboard and reports are that it may be damaged again.
Due to adverse weather the 1600 sailing from Oban to Craignure and the 1700 sailing from Craignure to Oban has been cancelled.
The next sailing from Oban will be at 1000 on Sunday 13th January presumably operated by the Isle of Arran.

Oban - Coll - Tiree (Lord of the Isles):
The 0645 sailing from Oban today has failed to dock at either Coll or Tiree and is heading back to Oban - arrival time in Oban will be approximately 1600.
Next sailing from Oban to Coll and Tiree will be at 0900 - this is very much weather dependent and a final decision will be made on this sailing on Sunday morning.

Uig - Tarbert - Lochmaddy (Hebrides):
Hebrides departed Lochmaddy @ 1150 for Tarbert.
Due to worsening weather 1330 ex Tarbert & 1530 ex Uig have been cancelled.
Next scheduled sailing will be from Lochmaddy @ 1200 Sunday 14th Jan.
Update:
Revised sailings for Sunday 14th Jan on the Tarbert Uig Service are as follows:
Dep Tarbert at 0900 (via Lochmaddy) arr Uig 1340
Dep Uig at 1400 (via Lochmaddy) arr Tarbert approx 1730

Clyde:
SoC Live! Current Locations of the Fleet As of 1930:
Clansman: Gourock
Jupiter:
Further Up Clyde (Possibly Below Erskine Bridge)
Juno:
Rothesay
Saturn:
Gourock Possibly at the Wires
Loch Alainn:
Largs
Bute:
Gourock
Coruisk:
Rosneath

Ardrossan - Brodick (Clansman):
Due to adverse weather conditions the 1640 will be diverted to Gourock.
There for the 1800 will be sailing from Gourock and will arrive in there at approx 1840.
Passengers are advised to be at Gourock for 1815. Clansman will then load and depart as soon as possible.
A bus will leave Ardrossan for Gourock at 1755.
Update 2000:
Clansman is currently passing Dunoon outbound for Brodick.
Update 2045:
Clansman is just arriving outside Brodick bay after transiting in service from Gourock.

Rhubodach - Colintraive (Loch Dunvegan):
Due to adverse weather conditions the crossing has been suspended for the rest of this evening.

Wemyss Bay - Rothesay (Juno, Saturn):
Due to an improvement in the weather the service is now operating as timetabled.

NorthLink:
Routes running to schedule.

Past Fleet News - On This Day...
In 2006 Eigg, was involved in the rescue of four divers after their speedboat, the Sunbird, broke down on the way to a dive site in Ardmucknish Bay off Ledaig north of Oban.
 
12/01/07 Disruptions to Ferry Services Caused by Severe Weather
Severe weather, including high winds and heavy rain, is forecast for Thursday and Friday.  This is expected to lead to service disruptions across CalMac's network.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has advised of a Severe Weather Warning for the Western Isles for the next 24 hours. High water levels could lead to flooding, particularly on the West Coast of South Uist. Transport, particularly on exposed coastal routes is likely to be affected and drivers are urged to exercise caution. CalMac's OFFICIAL website (see above) will be updated with service disruptions, and all passengers are advised to check with the website or with their local port before setting out on their journey.

Please Check Above Company Links For Regular Updates.

Western Isles:
On the 0800 from Oban - Craignure, Isle of Mull headed through the Lighthouse and Lady Rock Marker where the 3 tides meet. The Swell coupled with the force of the tides meeting forced the vessel to list to starboard very heavily (it was reported that the Port side stabilizer was seen above the water) and she lost 2 inflatable liferafts positioned directly below the funnel. The Isle of Mull reached Craignure, unloaded and returned to Oban as timetabled but slightly late. She then returned to Craignure where she has sat since 1030 this morning. The ramp on which the Liferafts stay is reported to be wedged in to prevent anymore becoming loose and she was in Bow First with the visor up, reason currently unknown why. Eigg was sent to attempt to recover the liferafts but to no avail. Isle of Mull is currently berthed in Craignure tonight with Lord of the Isles in Oban stern first unable to get off the pier with the wind.

Sconser - Raasay (Loch Striven):
1730 ex Raasay and 1800 ex Sconser, have been cancelled due to adverse weather.
Normal timetable will resume tomorrow, weather permitting.

Barra - Eriskay (Loch Bhrusda):
The 1710 sailing ex Ardmhor and the return 1815 sailing ex Eriskay have now been cancelled.
Thus there have been no sailings on this service today.
Weather permitting timetable as normal for Sat 13/01/07.

Oban - Craignure (Isle of Mull):
Due to adverse weather conditions the following sailings have been cancelled:
1600 ex Oban - Craignure
1700 ex Craignure - Oban
2130 ex Oban - Craignure
The next sailing from Oban will be 0800 Tomorrow
The next sailing from Craignure will be 0700 Tomorrow
(Both Weather Permitting)

Oban - Coll - Tiree (Lord of the Isles):
The extra sailing from Oban to Coll & Tiree at 0500 this morning has failed to dock at either port and returned to Oban.  The next sailing will be from Oban to Coll & Tiree at 0645 on Saturday 13th January as scheduled.

Oban - Colonsay - Oban (Isle of Mull):
Due to adverse weather conditions the 1000 sailing from Oban - Colonsay and the 1240s sailing from Colonsay - Oban have been cancelled.
The next sailing from Oban - Colonsay will be Monday 15th January at 1200 as timetabled.

Uig - Tarbert - Lochmaddy (Hebrides):
Amended Timetable for Tomorrow (Saturday 13/01/07) Weather Permitting:
0300 ex Tarbert - Uig
0515 ex Uig - Lochmaddy
Hebrides will then resume normal service as per timetable at 0730 ex Lochmaddy after clearing a backlog of traffic built up from today's cancelled sailings.

Stornoway - Ullapool (Isle of Lewis):
Due to worsening weather conditions the 1030 sailing from Ullapool, 1345 from Stornoway and 1715 from Ullapool today (12/01/07) have been cancelled.
Weather permitting Isle of Lewis will depart from Ullapool at 0400 on Saturday 13 January and hope to take up the scheduled timetable.

Kennacraig - Port Ellen (Hebridean Isles):
Hebridean Isles cancelled her 0700 sailing to Port Ellen to day due to adverse weather, they departed Kennacraig at 1300 and got to the mouth of West Loch Tarbert and turned back due to the adverse weather, it is reported that she recorded winds of 90kts near the mouth.
The 1800 sailing from Kennacraig has also been cancelled tonight due to adverse weather.
This in effect will mean that the 0415 sailing tomorrow - Saturday 13th January 2007 has also been cancelled.
The next sailing to Port Ellen is at 0700 Saturday 13th January. (Weather Dependent)

Mallaig - Small Isles / Armadale (Lochnevis):
All sailings cancelled today due to adverse weather.

Clyde:

Ardrossan - Brodick (Clansman):
Due to adverse weather conditions the following sailings were cancelled:
1350 ex Brodick - Ardrossan
1515 ex Ardrossan - Brodick
1640 ex Brodick - Ardrossan
1815 ex Ardrossan - Brodick
Weather permitting the next sailing will be 0820 from Brodick Tomorrow.

Wemyss Bay - Rothesay (Juno, Saturn):
1345 ex Rothesay - Wemyss Bay diverted to Gourock and returned at 1530. (Juno)
1600 ex Rothesay - Wemyss Bay diverted to Gourock and returned at 1820. (Saturn)

NorthLink:
Scrabster - Stromness (Hamnavoe):
Hamnavoe undertook her 1115 & 1315 sailings and arrived back in Stromness at 1545.
Owing to adverse weather conditions the 1645 sailing from Stromness and the 1900 sailing from Scrabster have been cancelled.
The next scheduled sailing will depart Stromness at 0900 on Saturday 13th January.

Kirkwall - Aberdeen ( ):
Due to severe weather conditions the 2345 departure from Kirkwall (Hatston) to Aberdeen on Friday 12 January has been cancelled.
The next scheduled departure from Kirkwall (Hatston) will be the 2345 sailing to Lerwick on Saturday 13 January.

Lerwick - Kirkwall - Aberdeen (Hjatland):
Due to severe weather conditions the 1730 sailing from Lerwick to Kirkwall (Hatston) and Aberdeen has been cancelled.
The next scheduled sailing due to leave Lerwick is on Saturday 13th January at 1900 sailing direct to Aberdeen.

Aberdeen - Lerwick ( ):
Due to severe weather conditions the 1900 sailing from Aberdeen to Lerwick has been cancelled.
The next scheduled sailing is due to leave Aberdeen at 1700 on Saturday 13th January.

Hrossey and Hascosay have been stormbound at Aberdeen and Hjatland has been stormbound in Lerwick since yesterday.

Past Fleet News - On This Day...
In 2005 the 11th and 12th of January were equally bay days for weather as has been this year. All routes were off on the 11th and almost the same again on the 12th!
 
11/01/07 Western Isles:
Kennacraig - Port Ellen (Hebridean Isles):
Today the Hebridean Isles did not have any sailing to Port Ellen.
The following were canceled:
0700 depart Kennacraig,
0945 depart Port Ellen,
1300 depart Kennacraig,
1530 depart Port Ellen,
Hebridean Isles stayed in Kennacraig all day, the next timetabled sailing is at 0700 Friday 12th January 2007 (Weather Permitting)

Oban - Lismore (Eigg):
1445 sailing Cancelled due to adverse weather.

Oban - Castlebay (Lord of the Isles):
All sailings today have been cancelled.
 

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PICTURE: Ian Montgomery
Jupiter Battling The Firth Today

 
10/01/07 Western Isles:
Kennacraig - Port Ellen (Hebridean Isles):
Due to the severe overnight forecast the Captain has advised that they will return to Kennacraig this evening rather than lie overnight in Port Ellen.
Hebridean Isles will then sail as per timetable at 1800 to Port Ellen, on arrival they will offload and reload any traffic for shipment from the scheduled 0415 tomorrow (Thursday 11th January 2007).
The Following sailings have been cancelled:
0415 ex Port Ellen - Kennacraig: Thursday 11th January 2007
Next sailing as per timetable at 0700 Thursday 11th January 2007, Weather Permitting.
Update 2115:
Hebridean Isles arrived in at Port Ellen at 2043 then departed at 2100. She unloaded her cargo and took the cancelled 0415 (Tomorrow AM) cargo back to the mainland.
The next timetabled sailing is 0700 ex Kennacraig - Port Ellen, Weather Dependent.

Oban - Craignure (Isle of Mull):
Update 0900:
Isle of Mull is currently taking shelter in Oban due to adverse weather conditions.
As a result the following sailings have been cancelled:
0800 ex Oban - Craignure
0900ex Craignure - Oban
The master will revue the situation for a 1000 departure from Oban.
Update 1000:
Service now operating as timetabled.

Kennacraig - Gigha [Temporary Roster] (Loch Linnhe):
Service now resumed from Tayinloan.

Tayinloan - Gigha (Loch Linnhe):
Service now resumed from Tayinloan after debris have been cleared from the slipway. All sailings are now operating as to timetable.

Clyde:
Loch Tarbert
was noted loading crew cars at Gourock.
Updates to Follow.

Past Fleet News - On This Day...
In 2005 Muirneag ran aground at 0430 on a routine departure from Stornoway. A high tide floated her off about an hour later and she made for Liverpool for inspection and repairs the next day.
 
09/01/07 Clyde:
ClydeSite AIS is showing Saturn arriving at Gourock (0920), which would indicate that the high winds are causing problems with berthing at Wemyss Bay. Clansman is having no such problems however, as she successfully got into Ardrossan with her first sailing of the day from Brodick.
 
08/01/07 Clyde:
Saturn
moved from Rosneath to Gourock and then on to Rothesay where she took over from Coruisk for the 1600 sailing to Wemyss Bay. Coruisk then sailed for Gourock where she berthed at the wires for the night. Tomorrow she is due to sail for Rosneath after Juno sails down the river to re-enter service and replace Bute.

Western Isles:
Kennacraig - Gigha [Temporary Roster] (Loch Linnhe):
Due to continuing problems with debris blocking Tayinloan slipway the timetable will be as follows until further notice as of today:
0830 ex Gigha - Kennacraig
0945 ex Kennacraig - Gigha
1130 ex Gigha - Kennacraig
1315 ex Kennacraig - Gigha
1500 ex Gigha - Kennacraig
1630 ex Kennacraig - Gigha
Passenger numbers onboard Loch Linnhe are restricted to 12 while this diversion is in place.
 
07/01/07 Western Isles:
Update 1200:
Caledonian Isles is just off the north end of Skye making for the Pentland Firth and Aberdeen for her Annual overhaul.
Update 2120:
Caledonian Isles is now just off Dunnet Head in the Pentland Firth making 17 knots. She's due in Aberdeen at 0900 tomorrow.

Kennacraig - Gigha [Temporary Roster] (Loch Linnhe):
See Yesterdays Fleet News For New Timetable in Operation Tomorrow (08/01/07)

Clyde:
Update 1235:
Clansman is now in Ardrossan having run 20 minutes late on her first sailing of the day from Brodick.

Update 1320:
Loch Alainn has just left Troon on trials after dry docking for repairs, it is assumed she is now fixed.
Update 1450:
Loch Alainn is now passing through towards Largs suggesting she is headed back for service.
Update 1545:
Loch Alainn is berthing at Largs slipway now. Isle of Cumbrae has departed and is heading towards Rothesay or Gourock.
 
06/01/07 Western Isles:
Isle of Mull
has had some paint scrapped off her Starboard bow side, presumably a result berthing in the recent strong winds. It is interesting to note it was on this day last year that she moved to Inchgreen repair quay for repairs to a dinted bow from another incident. See Fleet News 06/01/05.

Clansman
departed Oban at 1535 this afternoon and headed south for Brodick where she will take over from Caledonian Isles.
Track the ships positions LIVE! via ClydeSite AIS HERE (external link).
Update 2000:
Clansman is nearing the tip of the Mull about to round it and head for Brodick. Caledonian Isles has just departed Brodick en route to her overhaul allowing the Clansman to berth overnight on her arrival.
Update 2145:
Clansman & Caledonian Isles are just passing each other of the south western tip of Arran.
Update 2230:
Clansman is nearing Whiting Bay on Arran on course for her 2330 arrival while Caledonian Isles rounds the Mull heading north.

Kennacraig - Gigha [Temporary Roster] (Loch Linnhe):
Due to continuing problems with debris blocking Tayinloan slipway the timetable will be as follows until further notice as of Monday 08/01/06:
0830 ex Gigha - Kennacraig
0945 ex Kennacraig - Gigha
1130 ex Gigha - Kennacraig
1315 ex Kennacraig - Gigha
1500 ex Gigha - Kennacraig
1630 ex Kennacraig - Gigha
Passenger numbers onboard Loch Linnhe are restricted to 12 while this diversion is in place.

Clyde:
Loch Tarbert
is now berthed at Rosneath with Juno and Saturn while she is not required for winter relief operations.

Bute is due to replaced by Juno on Tuesday PM
Coruisk is due to replaced by Saturn on Monday PM
Both replacements are for annual overhaul.
 
04/01/07 Western Isles:
Mallaig - Small Isles (Lochnevis):
The Small Isles timetable has been changed for today and is going to do one call at the Isle of Eigg.
The timetable will be as follows:
  Dep Arr
Mallaig 1020  
Eigg 1145 1135
Rum 1250 1240
Canna 1400 1350
Mallaig   1500
These times are all approx.

Oban - Craignure (Isle of Mull):
Due to adverse weather conditions the following sailings have been cancelled:
Oban - Craignure    0800
Craignure - Oban    0900
Oban - Craignure    1000
Craignure - Oban    1100
Oban - Craignure    1200
Isle of Mull is currently stormbound in Craignure due to strong north-westerly winds. Her first sailing into Oban was berthed Bow In.
The next schedule sailing from Craignure will be 1300 and from Oban at 1400 weather permitting.
Update 1300:
Route Now operating to timetable.

Tayinloan - Gigha (Loch Linnhe):
Due to the problem at Tayinloan with the sand and debris caused by the adverse weather. There will a sailing today from Gigha - Kennacraig see times noted below  - also passenger numbers are restricted.
0800 dep Gigha - Kennacraig
1000 dep Kennacraig - Gigha
There will be divers again in attendance today at Tayinloan to try and clear the debris and if successful the service will again operate as timetabled from Tayinloan - Gigha
Update 1145:
Due to the ongoing problem at Tayinloan with sand and Seaweed and now compounded by debris after the severe gale on Sunday 31st December 2006. CalMac are awaiting divers to come back tomorrow morning to clear the obstacles that are keeping the boat from getting into Tayinloan slip. So the boat will be operating a sailing from Gigha to Kennacraig please find times noted below:
Thursday 4th January 2007
0800 ex Gigha - Kennacraig
1000 ex Kennacraig - Gigha
1230 ex Gigha - Kennacraig
1500 ex Kennacraig - Gigha
CalMac are hoping the divers may have cleared the debris and then the sailings will operate as normal from Tayinloan - Gigha but still awaiting divers to advise.
Bookings are essential as passenger numbers are restricted to 12 only.
Update 1930:
Due to the ongoing problems at the Tayinloan slip, the Gigha Service is operating on a temporary basis from Kennacraig.
See below for route timetable.

Kennacraig - Gigha [Temporary Roster] (Loch Linnhe):
Due to debris blocking Tayinloan the timetable will be as follows until further notice:
0830 ex Gigha - Kennacraig
1015 ex Kennacraig - Gigha
1230 ex Gigha - Kennacraig
1415 ex Kennacraig - Gigha
Passenger numbers onboard Loch Linnhe are restricted to 12 while this diversion is in place.

Please Check Above Company Links For Regular Updates.

Clyde:
Loch Alainn
was sighted heading outbound near Dunoon earlier this morning.
Update 1330:

Loch Alainn
has been noted outbound passing Arran at 1335. Destination presumably Troon for repairs.

Largs - Cumbrae (Isle of Cumbrae):
All sailings have been cancelled until further notice due to weather conditions.
Update 1145:
Service has now resumed.

Colintraive - Rhubodach (Loch Dunvegan):
Due to the adverse weather conditions the Colintraive - Rhubodach route is operating a limited service until further notice.
Update 1700:
Route now operating to timetable.

Ardrossan - Brodick (Caledonian Isles):
The 1105 sailing will depart Brodick and head for Ardrossan. However, due to adverse weather conditions the Captain is giving no guarantee that he will be able to berth in Ardrossan.  If he does, the next sailing from Ardrossan will be 1230.
Update 1300:
Route now operating to timetable.

Wemyss Bay - Rothesay (Bute, Coruisk):
Due to adverse weather conditions the 0700 sailing from Rothesay (Coruisk) has been diverted to Gourock.
Therefore the 0800 sailing from Wemyss Bay and the 0845 sailing from Rothesay have both been cancelled.
The next departure from Gourock to Rothesay will be 0900. Transport will be made available between Wemyss Bay and Gourock.
Weather permitting there will be a 1010 sailing from Rothesay heading for Gourock. Intending passengers are advised to please check prior to travelling.
Update 1145:
Due to an improvement in weather conditions the Rothesay/Wemyss Bay service is now operating as timetabled.

Gourock - Dunoon Passenger Only (AliCat):
Due to adverse weather conditions the passenger only service has been cancelled this morning.

Please Check Above Company Links For Regular Updates.

NorthLink:
Stromness - Scrabster (Hamnavoe):
Hamnavoe arrived in Stromness at 1100.
Due to adverse weather conditions the 1100 sailing from Stromness and the 1315 sailing from Scrabster have been cancelled.
The next scheduled sailing will depart Stromness at 1645 to arrive in Scrabster at 1815.
Update 1650:
Route now operating to timetable.

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Past Fleet News - On This Day...
In 2006
Both the Isle of Mull and Lord of the Isles were Flying there Flags at Half mast in a mark of respect for the long serving Crewman of Colonsay pier Mr Charlie McKinnon that past away on the 21/12/06. The Isle of Mull also stayed an extra hour in Colonsay to let the crew attend the funeral.
 
03/01/07 Western Isles:
Ullapool - Stornoway (Isle of Lewis):
Due to adverse weather the following sailings have been cancelled:
1030 ex Ullapool
1345 ex Stornoway
Isle of Lewis will remain in Ullapool until approx 1700 this afternoon.

Tayinloan - Gigha (Loch Linnhe):
Due to the problem at Tayinloan with the sand and debris caused by the adverse weather. There will a sailing tomorrow (Thursday 4th January 2007) from Gigha - Kennacraig see times noted below  - also passenger numbers are restricted.
0800 dep Gigha - Kennacraig
1000 dep Kennacraig - Gigha
There will be divers again in attendance tomorrow (Thursday) at Tayinloan to try and clear the debris and if successful the service will again operate as timetabled from Tayinloan - Gigha.

Kennacraig - Port Ellen / Port Askaig (Hebridean Isles):
Hebridean Isles diverted her 0945 sailing to Port Askaig, due to the barley boat occupying her berth.
The later 1530 sailing arrived in at Port Ellen as normal but due to wind turning around to the west she was 20mins late departing.

Fionnphort - Iona (Loch Buie):
This service is currently suspended due to adverse weather conditions.
The next attempt will be at 1430.
Update 1450:
The ferry managed a crossing at 1430 but weather conditions are still very poor.
The next attempt will be at 1615 ex Fionnphort.
Update 1600:
Due to worsening weather conditions there will be no further sailings on  this route today.
 
02/01/07 Past Fleet News - On This Day...
In 2005
recently sold Pioneer (renamed Brenda Corlett) arrived around 1100 today at Gibraltar and is currently awaiting a berth at the port. Her next step will be the west coast of Africa.
 
01/01/07 Welcome to 2007!
SoC Crew & Reporters Welcome You To Another Year of CalMac Fleet News, all the best for 2007!...

New Year Timetable Restrictions:
There are NO sailings on Monday 1 January and restricted sailings on Tuesday 2 January.

Western Isles:
Loch Linnhe
is now operating on the Tayinloan - Gigha crossing whilst the Loch Ranza lies at Rothesay awaiting her annual overhaul at Ardmaleish.

Clyde:

Also a reminder that the 1230 sailing from Ardrossan and the 1350 sailing from Brodick have both been withdrawn from service on Monday 8th January 2007 as per information printed in the current winter timetable.
 
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