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 DATE  NEWS
31/01/08 January bows out in style once more this year...only Hebrides and Loch Fyne managed to keep their routes running. On what must be the worst day of the winter so far, the company website disruptions page shows a lot of red squares this afternoon! Details are:

CLYDE:
Ardrossan - Brodick (Caledonian Isles)
There have been no sailings so far today. A review is expected at 1300 regarding the 1350 ex Brodick
Update: There will be no sailings at all today due to the weather. Next sailing 0820 ex Brodick, weather permitting

Wemyss Bay - Rothesay (Argyle, Bute)
Due to deteriorating conditions there will be no further sailings today (as of 1530). Next sailing will be on Saturday morning as strike action has resulted in Rothesay pier being closed for the day tomorrow.

Colintraive - Rhubodach (Loch Dunvegan)
Service suspended at 1630 for the remainder of the day.

Gourock - Dunoon (Jupiter, Ali Cat)
A reminder that this service is off today due to strike action by council pier staff.

Tarbert - Portavadie (Loch Riddon)
After returning successfully from Lochranza, the service to Portavadie has been cancelled for the remainder of the day

Largs - Cumbrae Slip (Loch Alainn)
Service is cancelled for the remainder of the day and Loch Alainn has headed up to Gourock for shelter and an overnight berth

WESTERN ISLES:
Tobermory - Kilchoan (Loch Linnhe)
The 1000 ex Tobermory was cancelled. A decision will be made this afternoon regarding the 1545 sailing.
Updated 1505: The 1545 ex Tobermory and 1630 ex Kilchoan are both cancelled

Barra - Eriskay (Loch Bhrusda)
The first four sailings from Barra (0715, 0925, 1230 and 1410) have all been cancelled. A decision will be made at 1600 regarding the last sailing of the day.
Update: The last sailing of the day has also been cancelled.

Oban - Barra - S. Uist (Lord of the Isles)
The 1530 ex Oban has been cancelled for today. Next sailing TBC.

Tayinloan - Gigha (Loch Ranza)
Service suspended due to the weather. Decision taken at 1520 to cancel all remaining sailings today.

Kennacraig - Islay (Hebridean Isles)
The 0700 ex Kennacraig diverted to Port Askaig. The rest of the day's sailings have been cancelled due to the wind.

Fionnphort - Iona (Loch Buie)
Service suspended and to be reviewed at 1300. Decision taken at 1445 to cancel service for the remainder of the day.

Ullapool - Stornoway (Isle of Lewis)
1345 ex Stornoway liable to disruption. The 1715 ex Ullapool is cancelled and the vessel will remain there overnight.

Oban - Craignure (Isle of Mull)
The 1000 ex Oban and 1100 ex Craignure didn't operate due to the weather. 1300 ex Craignure running 15 minutes late
Update: The 1400 ex Oban and the 1500 and 1700 ex Craignure are cancelled. The 1600 sailing from Oban got away on time and was the last sailing of the day.

Berneray - Leverburgh (Loch Portain)
All sailings cancelled for today. Next sailing 0800 tomorrow weather permitting

Sconser - Raasay (Loch Striven)
Operating only on a sailing by sailing basis

Mallaig - Armadale (Lochnevis)
Service cancelled

Mallaig - Small Isles (Lochnevis)
Service cancelled

Oban - Lismore (Eigg)
1445 ex Oban and 1545 ex Lismore cancelled.

RATHLIN FERRIES:
Canna
has not sailed at all today. Next sailing tomorrow, weather permitting
 
 
30/01/08 CLYDE:
Services from Gourock to Dunoon are cancelled for today due to a strike on the part of Argyll and Bute Council pier staff. As a result neither Jupiter or Ali Cat will run either today or tomorrow.

Ardrossan - Brodick (Caledonian Isles)
The 1920 ex Brodick is cancelled and the vessel will spend the night there. The 0700 ex Ardrossan tomorrow will not run as a result.

WESTERN ISLES:
Raasay
has moved from her winter role as Kilchoan ferry and can now be found lying inboard Eigg in Oban. She will remain here in spare capacity until she is called into service to allow Eigg to head away for overhaul at Corpach in the next few weeks.

Kennacraig - Islay (Hebridean Isles)
Strong winds have seen the 1800 ex Kennacraig cancelled. The inward sailing tomorrow at 0415 is therefore cancelled.

Tayinloan - Gigha (Loch Ranza)
The last sailing for the day on this route was at 1635.

Ullapool - Stornoway (Muirneag)
The overnight freight service is off due to the winds
 
29/01/08 TERMINALS:
Mersey Mammoth
joined Caledonian Isles in Ardrossan today as she dropped off the gangway she picked up from Rothesay yesterday

WESTERN ISLES:
Lochnevis
today added a call at Muck into her Small Isles schedule. As a result the 1600 sailing to Armadale was delayed.

PICTURE: Andycam (SoC Forum)
The Mammoth at Ardrossan

 
28/01/08 Isle of Arran can clearly be seen on the Aberdeen harbour webcam this morning. Thanks go to Forum member G-Pat Ile who was first to spot her on the webcam! She arrived at around 1800 last night.

TERMINALS:
The Mersey Mammoth returned to Rothesay today and undertook the next phase in the redevelopment of the pier. She was involved in the dismantling of the 'old' gangway which is being moved to Ardrossan.

PICTURE: Aberdeen Harbour Webcam
Isle of Arran on Aberdeen webcam

PICTURE: Saturn ( SoC Forum / Daily Bute)
Rothesay gangway being dismantled

 
27/01/08 Clansman is indeed on her way south today, having passed through the Sound of Mull and Sound of Islay earlier this morning. She would have passed Isle of Lewis during the early part of her journey as the larger vessel made her way back to her namesake isle, ready to return to service tomorrow morning. Clansman is expected to arrive at around midnight on the Mersey.

 

PICTURE: G-Pat Ile (SoC Forum)
Clansman passing Port Askaig

 
26/01/08 Isle of Lewis is reported to have left JWD shortly after 1030 this morning in order to conduct trials, collect crew cars and then head up to Stornoway to relieve Clansman for her own overhaul. It is expected that Clansman will leave Stornoway tonight after completing her scheduled sailings and head for the Mersey.

Updated: Due to a technical problem with her bow ramp, Clansman still sits in Stornoway harbour at 1700. Her crew are assessing the problem and an update is due later on regarding the status of the 1345 sailing which is already over 3 hours late.

Updated again: Clansman sailed at around 1740 for Ullapool, returning at around 2130(ish). She will leave for Mersey pilots at approx 0030
 
25/01/08 Isle of Arran left Port Askaig at around 1215 this afternoon and commenced the long sail round to Aberdeen where she is to undergo her annual overhaul. She passed Craignure at around 1500 and is expected to arrive in Aberdeen around 1800 tomorrow

Yet more disruptions today - the following services are all liable to disruption throughout today:

Tobermory - Kilchoan (Raasay)
Wemyss Bay - Rothesay (Argyle / Bute)
Sconser - Raasay (Loch Striven)

There are cancellations on the following routes:

WESTERN ISLES:
Barra - Eriskay (Loch Bhrusda)
Services this morning are cancelled and a review is to take place at 1200 regarding this afternoons scheduled departures.

Oban - Barra - South Uist (Lord of the Isles)
The vessel left Oban at 0800 and was forced to turn back due to the weather. Currently heading back to Oban.

Oban - Colonsay (Isle of Mull)
Today's sailing is cancelled. A decision on the next sailing will be made later today, suggesting the possibility of an additional sailing over the weekend...

Tayinloan - Gigha (Loch Linnhe)
Service suspended and to be reviewed later in the day

Kennacraig - Islay (Hebridean Isles)
The 1800 ex Kennacraig has been cancelled

Fionnphort - Iona (Loch Buie)
Service suspended and to be reviewed shortly

Ullapool - Stornoway (Clansman)
0715 ex Stornoway is cancelled

Oban - Craignure (Isle of Mull)
Service suspended. Next sailing will be 1400 ex Craignure and then 1600 ex Oban, weather permitting

Lochaline - Fishnish (Loch Fyne)
Service suspended and to be reviewed shortly

Uig - Tarbert (Hebrides)
Due to the 0730 ex Tarbert being unable to berth in Uig at 0910, the 0940 ex Uig has been cancelled. Hebrides is currently making her way back to Lochmaddy and will sail again at 1245 for Uig where hopefully she will be able to berth.

Mallaig - Armadale (Lochnevis)
0840 ex Mallaig was cancelled. Afternoon sailing at 1600 is weather permitting

Mallaig - Eigg - Muck (Lochnevis)
Service cancelled due to the weather

CLYDE:
Ardrossan - Brodick (Caledonian Isles)
The 1105 ex Brodick and 1230 ex Ardrossan are cancelled, with a review to be made at 1315 with regards the 1350 ex Brodick

RATHLIN FERRIES:
Ballycastle - Rathlin (Canna)
This morning's sailing to Ballycastle and back is cancelled
 
24/01/08 WESTERN ISLES:
Oban - Barra - South Uist (Lord of the Isles)
The vessel will not be sailing this afternoon due to the poor conditions. Weather permitting she will sail at 0700 tomorrow for Barra (1220), Lochboisdale (1420) and back to Oban.

Oban - Coll - Tiree (Lord of the Isles)
Vessel sailing approximately 30 minutes late due to the weather conditions to the west of Mull.

Kennacraig - Islay (Hebridean Isles / Isle of Arran)
The 0700 and 0945 ex Kennacraig were both diverted to Port Askaig. The 1720 ex Kennacraig was cancelled.

Ullapool - Stornoway (Clansman)
Services cancelled today

Tayinloan - Gigha (Loch Linnhe)
Services were disrupted through the morning and then cancelled for the rest of the day

CLYDE:
Ardrossan - Brodick (Caledonian Isles)
Once again the vessel will spend tonight at Brodick. Therefore tomorrow's 0700 ex Ardrossan is off.

Loch Alainn is spending tonight at the wires in Goruock to shelter from the high winds expected to hit Largs.
 
23/01/08 Isle of Cumbrae has moved from Rosneath and is now up on the slip at Ardmaleish, along with Loch Tarbert.
 
22/01/08 TERMINALS:
Mersey Mammoth
today removed the old side-loading linkspan from its 30 year-old position in the latest phase of the reconstruction process which will see the old berth becoming the secondary vessel's overnight berth. Photos can be seen both on the SoC Forum here and on the Daily Bute site.

Loch Ranza set sail from Rothesay today, calling first at Largs for crew cars and then at Lochranza for an overnight berth. She is due to resume service at Gigha and allow Loch Linnhe to return north to Mull.

Caledonian Isles is spending tonight at Brodick and as a result tomorrow's 0700 ex Ardrossan is cancelled.
 
21/01/08 Isle of Lewis and Loch Shira left Garvel dry dock this morning. The larger vessel was towed into the adjacent JWD, berthing first on the south wall to allow her port side lifeboat to be lowered. She was then moved across to the Garvel side wall. Loch Shira then moved into place under her own power.

 

PICTURE: Andycam (SoC Forum)
Isle of Lewis back in JWD

 
20/01/08 Coruisk moved up from JWD to KGV Dock in Glasgow today. This was to make space in JWD for Isle of Lewis and Loch Shira when they emerge from Garvel tomorrow.
 
19/01/08 Loch Ranza has moved back to Rothesay's inner berth after being unslipped from Ardmaleish.

 

PICTURE: Saturn (SoC Forum/Daily Bute)
Loch Ranza back from Ardmaleish

 
18/01/08 WESTERN ISLES:
Mallaig - Armadale (Lochnevis)
The 1600 sailing to Armadale is cancelled due to the worsening forecast

Mallaig - Eigg - Muck - Mallaig (Lochnevis)
Small Isles sailing is cancelled for today due to the weather

Sconser - Raasay (Loch Striven)
Service running but on a sailing by sailing basis and there is every possibility of disruption

Lochaline - Fishnish (Loch Fyne)
Sailings suspended as of 1415. To be reviewed at 1600.

Ullapool - Stornoway (Clansman / Muirneag)
Tonight's delayed 1715 ex Ullapool is cancelled, as is tomorrow's 0715 ex Stornoway. The overnight freight sailing is also cancelled tonight.

Kennacraig - Islay (Isle of Arran / Hebridean Isles)
The 0945 was diverted to Port Askaig instead of Port Ellen this morning. As a result the 1800 to Kennacraig will now sail from Port Askaig instead at the earlier time of 1630. The 1800 to Port Ellen is cancelled

Barra - Eriskay (Loch Bhrusda)
No more sailings on this route today

Oban - Craignure (Isle of Mull)
The 1900 ex Craignure and 2145 ex Oban are both cancelled. The 1700 ex Craignure and 1800 ex Oban are running but may be liable to disruption.

Oban - Lismore (Eigg)
The only sailing this afternoon will be 1600 ex Oban and 1700 ex Lismore

Fionnphort - Iona (Loch Buie)
Service cancelled for the remainder of the day

CLYDE:
Ardrossan - Brodick (Caledonian Isles)
Services liable to cancellation at short notice. The 1640 ex  Brodick will head for Ardrossan but berthing is not guaranteed

Largs - Cumbrae Slip (Loch Alainn)
Sailings may be liable to disruption throughout today

Also in the news today...
The Loch Dunvegan had some unusual company in the Kyles of Bute today in the form of a Ford Fiesta which had been broken into and rolled down into the water. Fortunately the slipway was not blocked and the Colintraive - Rhubodach service was not disrupted. Photos can be seen on the Daily Bute website here and here.
 
17/01/08 WESTERN ISLES:
All sailings to Port Ellen today were diverted to and from Port Askaig
 
15/01/08 CLYDE:
Loch Tarbert
made for Ardmaleish this morning.

 

PICTURE: Saturn (SoC Forum/Daily Bute)
Loch Tarbert at Rothesay today

 
14/01/08 TERMINAL INFORMATION:
Until further notice the 1815 sailing from Rothesay each evening will be diverted to Gourock, with the 1900 ex Wemyss Bay being cancelled. This is to allow demolition work to take place at the old side-loading berth in Rothesay. Work will see the old linkspan being removed. Whichever vessel is operating the secondary Bute roster will tie up overnight at the wires before sailing at 0545 for Rothesay, in time to pick up the timetable with the 0700 departure for Wemyss Bay each morning.

CLYDE:
Loch Tarbert
sailed from Lochranza up to Rothesay today in readiness for her annual overhaul at Ardmaleish.
 
11/01/08 Loch Linnhe left Craignure this morning and continued her journey down to Gigha, where she arrived at around 1200. She took over the Tayinloan service with the 1230 sailing from the island. Loch Tarbert immediately set out for Lochranza for an overnight berth.
 
10/01/08 WESTERN ISLES:
Lord of the Isles omitted her call at Barra this evening, instead making for Lochboisdale on the 1530 ex Oban and arriving at 2205.

After several days lying idle and avoiding the bad weather, Loch Linnhe left Mallaig today and moved down to Craignure for an overnight berth. She is believed to be heading down to Gigha to relieve the Loch Tarbert.

CLYDE:
For a period of four or five weeks in the near future, the No 2a vessel (second roster at Rothesay) will start and finish each day at Gourock. This is to allow demolition work to be carried out at the old side-loading berth in Rothesay. The main roster will still see one vessel berthing overnight at the new linkspan.
 
09/01/08 The strongest winds of the winter so far are causing multiple disruptions across the network today. The following list shows the situation at of 1100
WESTERN ISLES:
Tobermory - Kilchoan (Raasay)
Service suspended pending a review at 1100
Update: Service resumed with the 1100 sailing to Kilchoan

Barra - Eriskay (Loch Bhrusda)
Morning sailings cancelled. Situation being reviewed at 1200

Oban - Barra - South Uist (Lord of the Isles)
Service running 30 minutes late due to vessel not departing Lochboisdale until 0800 due to the weather

Oban - Colonsay (Isle of Mull)
Sailing cancelled for today. Next sailing as per timetable at 1000 on Friday

Tayinloan - Gigha (Loch Tarbert)
Service suspended for the time being
Updated 1415: Due to no let up in the weather, remaining sailings on this service are cancelled today

Uig - Tarbert/Lochmaddy (Hebrides)
Vessel still at Tarbert pending a decision on sailing with a rescheduled 1200 to Lochmaddy then Uig then Lochmaddy.
Update: the delayed 0730 sailing to Uig diverted to Lochmaddy. A decision regarding sailing ti Uig is to be made once Hebrides arrives at Lochmaddy as Uig pier is still experiencing very strong winds.
Update: Hebrides got away from Lochmaddy at 1435 and is sailing to Uig. She is expected to return from there at 1645.

Fionnphort - Iona (Loch Buie)
Service suspended for the time being. To be reviewed at 1200
Updated 1600: A service will be attempted at 1615

Kennacraig - Islay (Isle of Arran and Hebridean Isles)
Sailings suspended for the time being. Situation to be reviewed at 1200.
Update: The service is resumed with the 1300 ex Kennacraig to Port Askaig and back. The 1800 sailing from Port Ellen tonight is being cancelled however the departure from Kennacraig at the same time is sailing as scheduled. Hebridean Isles will spend the night at Port Ellen.

Ullapool - Stornoway (Clansman)
1030 ex Ullapool and 1345 ex Stornoway both cancelled. Contact Ullapool or Stornoway offices for further information

Oban - Craignure (Isle of Mull)
1000 ex Oban and 1100 ex Craignure both cancelled. Situation to be reviewed at 1200 regarding the later sailings
Update: Weather permitting there will be an additional 1400 ex Oban and 1500 ex Craignure this afternoon

Lochaline - Fishnish (Loch Fyne)
Service operating only as the weather permits

Berneray - Leverburgh (Loch Portain)
0815 ex Berneray and 0925 ex Leverburgh were cancelled. Situation to be reviewed at 1230
Update: All remaining sailings are cancelled today

Sconser - Raasay (Loch Striven)
Servce still suspended. Situation to be reviewed at 1200
Update: Loch Striven has picked up the timetable with the 1230 ex Raasay though she may still be liable to disruptions through the afternoon

Mallaig - Armadale (Lochnevis)
Morning sailing disrupted. Situation to be reviewed later with a view to running the 1600 ex Mallaig
Update: Lochnevis did indeed sail at 1600 for Armadale

Mallaig - Eigg - Muck (Lochnevis)
Today's sailing is cancelled

CLYDE:
Ardrossan - Brodick (Caledonian Isles)
The vessel was forced to untie and lie in Brodick Bay from about 0200 after losing some mooring ropes, snapped by the force f the winds. She has been lying off since then while divers are awaited to check the berth is clear of obstructing ropes. Next sailing will be the 1230 from Ardrossan, providing Caledonian Isles can get across there
Update: She was unable to get in at Ardrossan and then crossed back to Brodick with a view to picking up the service with the 1640.

Gourock - Dunoon (Jupiter)
This service may be liable to disruption through the day

Largs - Cumbrae Slip (Loch Alainn)
The vessel moved from Largs to Gourock at 0900 and then picked up the timetable departing Largs at 1045 but subsequent sailings will be weather permitting.

RATHLIN FERRIES:
Canna's
morning round trip to Ballycastle and back at 0900 was cancelled due to the weather, as is the afternoon sailig
 
 
08/01/08 CLYDE:
Ali Cat
had her morning sailings cancelled today due to technical problems.
Loch Alainn was due to leave Gourock at 0600 bound for Largs where she has taken over from Loch Shira. The larger vessel left Largs at around 0820 and moved to Garvel and joined Isle of Lewis in the dry dock for annual overhaul.

With the onset of yet more heavy weather, disruptions were posted on the official company website:

Ardrossan - Brodick (Caledonian Isles)
This route may be subject to delays and disruption through the day
Update: The 1920 ex Brodick and tomorrow's 0700 ex Ardrossan are cancelled to allow the vessel to berth overnight in Brodick.

Loch Alainn retraced her steps this evening and sought an overnight berth at the Wires in Gourock due to the poor weather and gale force winds expected overnight.

WESTERN ISLES:
Kennacraig - Islay (Isle of Arran)
The 1800 sailing from Port Ellen has been brought forward to 1530 in order to be completed before the anticipated bad weather arrives. This will mean that Isle of Arran and Hebridean Isles will both sail from Islay simultaneously, with the former following the latter up West Loch Tarbert only 15 minutes behind.

Barra - Eriskay (Loch Bhrusda)
The 1710 ex Ardmhor and 1815 ex Eriskay are cancelled due to the adverse weather

RATHLIN FERRIES:
Canna's
afternoon round trip to Ballycastle and back was brought forward by an hour
 
07/01/08 CLYDE:
Isle of Lewis
carried out her MES test using her port side chute and rafts today. She is due to go into Garvel dry dock with Loch Shira tomorrow sometime.
Coruisk came out of Garvel dry dock at 1030 this morning. She was later seen on trials this afternoon and is spending tonight alongside Custom House Quay in Greenock.

PICTURE: Saturn (SoC Forum)
Loch Ranza at Ardmaleish   

PICTURE: Buff Funnels Forever (SoC Forum)
Coruisk at CHQ tonight

  WESTERN ISLES:
Clansman
has commenced her winter relief service to Lewis, running to a retimed schedule, as follows:

Stornoway dep:        0715            1405
Ullapool dep:            1045            1745

The weather was causing further disruption today:

Kennacraig - Islay (Isle of Arran)
After running 40 minutes late with the 1400 ex Port Ellen, Isle of Arran had her 1720 ex Kennacraig cancelled. She will remain in Kennacraig overnight, thus missing the 0700 ex Port Ellen tomorrow.

Tayinloan - Gigha (Loch Tarbert)
The seaweed problem of 12 months ago returned today... Loch Tarbert was forced to miss her 1705 ex Gigha and 1735 ex Tayinloan as a result of the weed combined with a low tide.
 
06/01/08 Clansman set off from Oban early this morning bound for Stornoway. She arrived in the Lewis capital around 5pm this evening and will commence relief work on the Ullapool - Stornoway route tomorrow morning. Due to her slower speed the journey will be slightly longer than advertised, however this should not cause much disruption to the timetable.

Lord of the Isles
returned to service after a few days rest and took over the Outer Isles roster with the 1500 service to Barra and South Uist.

Loch Linnhe
moved down to Mallaig where she will lie on standby for a few days in case there are further problems with Loch Striven.

Loch Ranza
arrived in Rothesay at 1630 this afternoon and will move to Ardmaleish for her overhaul shortly.

Isle of Lewis
arrived on the Clyde this afternoon. Her voyage from Stornoway saw her sail via the Small Isles and Sound of Mull for shelter. She berthed bow-in at Gourock at 1430 just after Jupiter departed with the Dunoon sailing. She then unloaded crew vehicles, took on a pilot and sailed for JWD where she berthed starboard side to the north  dock wall. A selection of photos can be seen below:
 

PICTURE: Galloping Glen (SoC Forum)PICTURE: Andycam (SoC Forum)PICTURE: Balephuil Bay (SoC Forum)
Isle of Lewis: a) approaching Gourock - b) passing Jupiter - c) bow-in at the linkspan

 
05/01/08 WESTERN ISLES:
Isle of Lewis
left Stornoway around 2100 this evening after completing her service commitments. She will make her way south overnight and arrive on the Clyde tomorrow ready for her overhaul.

Loch Linnhe
left Raasay late this afternoon after handing back the service to Loch Striven and then made for Kyle of Lochalsh and an overnight berth. Loch Striven left Mallaig at 1025 and resumed service with the 1510 from Raasay.

It has been reported that Lochnevis made an unusual call at Inverie slipway recently, to deliver a new bottle bank to the remote community. The date of her extra-curricular sailing is uncertain at present.

Kennacraig - Islay (Hebridean Isles and Isle of Arran)
Hebridean Isles
diverted the 0700 sailing to Port Askaig this morning, instead of Port Ellen
Isle of Arran
had her 1720 sailing to Port Ellen cancelled due to adverse weather. She will make an additional sailing tomorrow at 0700 to Port Ellen and will pick up her timetable from there.

Tayinloan - Gigha (Loch Tarbert)
The service was suspended for a while this morning, however a 1230 sailing was attempted, returning from Tayinloan at 1300. Further sailings will be dependent on weather conditions on a sailing by sailing basis.

Fionnphort - Iona (Loch Buie)
Service liable to delays and disruption due to the weather.
Update (1525): Service has been cancelled for the remainder of the day.

CLYDE:
Ardrossan - Brodick (Caledonian Isles)
The 0700 sailing was cancelled this morning, with the vessel picking up the timetable with the 0820 from Brodick. Caledonian Isles then suffered a technical problem this afternoon, missing the 1515 ex Ardrossan and 1640 ex Brodick. She resumed service with the 1800 ex Ardrossan.

Wemyss Bay - Rothesay (Argyle and Bute)
Service liable to delays and disruption due to the weather

Largs - Cumbrae Slip (Loch Shira)
Service liable to delays and disruption due to the weather

COMPANY INFOMATION:
Mr Phil Preston, Operations Director of CalMac Ferries Ltd, is giving a lecture entitled "Ferries in the West of Scotland" at the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland at 1815 in the Clydeport Building, 16 Robertson Street, Glasgow.  The public are cordially invited.
 
04/01/08 WESTERN ISLES:
Kennacraig - Islay (Hebridean Isles)
The 1800 sailing to Port Ellen has been cancelled, as has the 0415 inward sailing tomorrow morning.

Barra - Eriskay (Loch Bhrusda)
The 1710 ex Ardmhor and 1815 ex Eriskay have been cancelled. Next sailing will be tomorrow morning, weather permitting

Tarbert - Portavadie (Loch Riddon)
As at 1515 the service is cancelled for the rest of the day

Fionnphort - Iona (Loch Buie)
As of 1450 the service is cancelled for the rest of the day

CLYDE:
Loch Ranza moved from Campbeltown to Lochranza on the next step of her journey to Bute today.

Largs - Cumbrae Slip (Loch Shira)
The service has been subject to disruption through the day, however it was suspended  for a while this evening. An attempt will be made with the 1915 ex Largs.

Colintraive - Rhubodach (Loch Dunvegan)
As at 1840 the service has been cancelled for the rest of the day
 
03/01/08 CLYDE:
Loch Tarbert
sailed for Gigha this morning and took over the roster with the 1550 sailing to allow Loch Ranza to head to Ardmaleish to start her overhaul tomorrow. It is unclear whether Loch Tarbert will be staying at Gigha until Loch Ranza returns in a couple of weeks' time or whether this is just short term relief until Loch Linnhe is able to leave Raasay and take over - as it was originally supposed to be Loch Linnhe covering at Gigha this year. Loch Ranza left Gigha at 1600 bound for Campbeltown (arriving at 2300)

WESTERN ISLES:
Hebridean Isles'
0700 sailing was diverted to Port Askaig this morning, as was Isle of Arran's 0945 sailing. Both were diverted due to the strong winds. This of course means that the 1400 from Port Ellen will be departing from Port Askaig instead.

Update: Conditions appear to have deteriorated. Due to a vessel being unable to berth, the 1720 from Kennacraig to Port Ellen has been cancelled. Tomorrow morning's 0700 inward sailing is therefore also cancelled.

Loch Striven remains in Mallaig today while engineers have a look at the technical problem which forced her out of service last week.

Update: She was out on trials off Mallaig this afternoon.
 
02/01/08 WESTERN ISLES:
Islay services were disrupted today. The 1300 sailed as normal, but Isle of Arran's 0945 did not leave Kennacraig until 1345 and was diverted to Port Askaig. The 1800 sailing from Port Ellen was brought forward to 1630 and departed from Port Askaig. The 1800 ex Kennacraig was cancelled.
 
01/01/08 WHOLE NETWORK:
As in previous years, New Year's Day sees the entire fleet tied up for the day, with the exception of Canna. All being well all services will return to normal tomorrow morning as per the timetable.
 
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