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28/02/06 Western Isles:
Due to a mechanical failure with Bruernish (presumably the recurring fault with her engine or gearbox) the Oban - Lismore service @ 1445 ex Oban and 1545 ex Lismore have been cancelled.
Due to tidal restrictions on the Sound of Harris (Leverburgh - Berneray) roster today the 1110ex Berneray & 1220ex Leverburgh have been cancelled. There will be extra sailings on 1st & 2nd March only at 0945ex Berneray + 1050ex Leverburgh. Due to Adverse weather conditions and poor visibility, the morning sailings on the Sound of Harris (Leverburgh - Berneray) have been cancelled. The next sailing departing from Berneray will depart at 1530, weather permitting.
Due to high tides and adverse weather conditions earlier this morning, Hebrides is currently running approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes late on the Uig - Tarbert / Lochmaddy roster.
Due to low tides the following sailings have been cancelled on the Tayinloan - Gigha roster 1130 /1230 from Gigha and the 1200 from Tayinloan. The service will resume at 1330 from Gigha.
The 1345 sailing from Stornoway - Ullapool by Isle of Lewis has also been cancelled due to adverse weather (For further information please check the external link above)

NorthLink:
There are delays affecting Lerwick Arrivals. Hrossey arrived in Lerwick at 1130 and is scheduled for departure at 1900 sailing direct to Aberdeen. The next scheduled departure from Kirkwall (Hatston) is the 2345 sailing to Aberdeen on Wednesday 01 March.
The adverse weather is also affecting the Pentland Firth Route. Hamnavoe departed Scrabster at 11:15 to arrive in Stromness at 13:30. The 1645 sailing from Stromness and the 1900 sailing from Scrabster this evening will be reviewed at 15:00 this afternoon.

Update:
Hamnavoe arrived in Stromness at 1310. Due to adverse weather and tidal conditions and in the interest of passenger comfort and safety the 1645 sailing from Stromness and the 1900 sailing from Scrabster this evening have been cancelled. The following revised timetable will operate on Wednesday 01st March. Depart Stromness 0900 Depart Scrabster 1100. Depart Stromness 1645 Depart Scrabster 1900.
 
27/02/06 Western Isles:
Due to tidal restrictions on the Sound of Harris (Leverburgh - Berneray) roster today the 1110ex Berneray & 1220ex Leverburgh have been cancelled. There will be extra sailings on 1st & 2nd March only at 0945ex Berneray + 1050ex Leverburgh.

NorthLink:
There are cancellations affecting the Pentland Firth roster this evening.
Hamnavoe arrived in Stromness at 2045.Due to the severe weather forecast and in the interest of passenger comfort and safety the next sailing will be delayed and will depart Stromness at 0900 to arrive in Scrabster at 1030. The 0845 sailing and the 1315 departure from Scrabster have been combined and will now depart at 1100 all further sailings should be as scheduled. For further information please check the external link above
 
25/02/06 Western Isles:
Eigg
returned briefly to Oban last night, having completed her annual overhaul at Corpach. She loaded crew cars this morning as Isle of Mull arrived back from Craignure at 09:45 and then set sail bound for Port Askaig. She will spend the next couple of weeks relieving on the Port Askaig - Feolin service on charter to Argyll and Bute Council.
Raasay is not using the buoy in Tobermory Bay at the moment, her crew instead opting to secure her against the stern of Isle of Arran.
 
24/03/06 Western Isles:
Isle of Cumbrae noted on the Oban - Lismore roster today. She arrived about 1030 from Lismore, unloaded her one vehicle then swung out into the bay. Bruernish was berthed adjacent to the slipway and moved in once Isle of Cumbrae was out the way. She loaded a skip lorry and tried to load another van without success for a charter to the island of Kerrera across the bay, a service normally provided by a small private craft further down the sound. The van was an 'Oban Express' and trying to get it on was somewhat problematic. Eventually the crew unloaded the goods from the van, left them on the deck in front of the skip lorry and Bruernish sailed at c1055. Once Bruernish was on the slip, Isle of Cumbrae came alongside, berthing just in front of the fish shed.
Loch Bhrusda was also noted 'in town' berthed in Oban on her way back from her annual overhaul.
 
23/02/06 Western Isles:
Having arrived back in Mallaig yesterday afternoon, Lochnevis was due to re-enter service today, thus allowing Raasay to sail south for Tobermory once again. It is reported that she should have been back there this afternoon ready to resume her winter role as Kilchoan ferry. We are told that the Isle of Cumbrae will berthed at Craignure's far side berth an will be used for transporting high loads to and from Lismore while the Bruernish is covering for the Eigg.

Clyde:
Loch Bhrusda
left Largs this afternoon bound for an overnight berth at Campbeltown. She will then continue her journey north to the Sound of Harris where she will relieve the Loch Portain. Loch Linnhe remains in charge of the Barra - Eriskay run.

 
22/02/06 Western Isles:
Following her recent mechanical problems, Lochnevis has left the Mersey and has made her way back up to Mallaig ready to re-enter service. She was sighted off Tobermory at 13:40 as she passed through the Sound of Mull, nearing the end of her long voyage.

Picture: SoC Crew
Lochnevis passing IOA and IOC at Tobermory

 
21/02/06 Lochnevis has left the Mersey today. She departed at 1500 heading north for her homeport of Mallaig.

Clyde:
Juno
left Garvel Dry Dock following quick repairs on her Voith unit and was back at the wires for much of the day.
 
20/02/06 Western Isles:
Isle of Lewis
is back in service on the Ullapool - Stornoway crossing, having relieved the Clansman yesterday. Clansman arrived at Gourock to unload crew cars this morning before moving to JWD to begin her annual overhaul. She will enter Garvel Dry Dock once it becomes free.

Clyde:
Juno
is in Garvel Dry Dock for the day while she has her Voith unit repaired, following losing another blade last week. Loch Ranza is now back on the slipway at Ardmaleish while she has the last repairs carried out to her Voith unit.

Picture: SoC Crew
Loch Ranza seen at Ardmaleish

 
18/02/06 Western Isles:
After departing Liverpool last night, Isle of Lewis was seen waiting in the Firth of Lorn at dawn. Following Isle of Mull's departure at 0800, the Stornoway ferry then entered Oban Bay very cautiously and berthed stern-in at the linkspan. The gangway was tested and she took on fuel before she left again at about 09:30, bound for her home port.
Isle of Cumbrae is now relieving on the Tobermory - Kilchoan crossing while the Raasay is off covering at Mallaig. Bruernish is now back in service on the Oban - Lismore service.

Clyde:
Loch Bhrusda
emerged from Ardmaleish and moved round to Rothesay.

Picture: SoC Crew
Isle of Lewis lying in the Firth of Lorn

Picture: SoC Crew
Isle of Cumbrae crossing to Mull

 
17/02/06 NorthLink:
It is reported that Hjaltland is soldiering on after damaging her bow at Lerwick on Wednesday. The extent of the damage is still unclear as is the cause of the accident, although it has been confirmed that an investigation is underway. The vessel had to pass an MCA inspection before she could sail and only arrived at 0:45 at Kirkwall on Wednesday evening. She sailed shortly after and arrived in Aberdeen at 08:30. From the outside the damage looks to be mainly to the bulbous bow, however it was reported that the bow doors were actually open at the time and damage was also sustained to the bow ramp area which also acts as a water tight seal. The vessel sailed on schedule on Thursday evening from Aberdeen and is continuing now as normal.

The Hamnavoe also had a problem opening her bow doors yesterday which delayed the ship by 15 minutes departing Stromness. The cause of this problem is unknown.

Picture: SoC Crew
Hjaltland's Damaged Bulbous Bow Yesterday

 
16/02/06

Lochnevis arrived on the Mersey at 0730 this morning. She approached the Douglas Platform in Liverpool Bay doing 11 knots. She is due at Birkenhead at 1100. She may go into the dry dock that Isle of Lewis comes out of. Update: Lochnevis is now in Birkenhead in the old camel Lairds dry dock. She will remain there until repairs to one of her propulsion units is complete. We currently do not know how long this will take although it may be some time. Further updates to follow.

Western Isles:
Due to technical problems the Loch Fyne is unable to undertake any sailings on the Fishnish - Lochaline roster. (check external link above for updates) Due to adverse weather the Lord of the Isles was unable to make a landing at Tiree today for any traffic or passengers. The next sailing from Oban will be Saturday 18th February at 0645.

Clyde:
Saturn took over the Gourock - Dunoon run some time during the day from Juno.

Terminals:

Due to workmen severing the telephone cable, Tobermory Office is currently without telephones and computers. (check external link above for more information)

Picture: Michael Bracken
Lochnevis arrives on the Mersey
Picture: Michael Bracken
Passing a more regular ferry

 
15/02/06 Western Isles:
Bruernish
is currently receiving attention to her engine via a truck mounted hydraulic crane while she sits at the small vessels berth at the CalMac terminal in Oban. Isle of Cumbrae is still providing a car and pax service to Lismore. Lochnevis was sighted heading down the Clyde this afternoon heading for the Mersey, where she will be dry-docked for further repairs to one of her propulsion units. Juno is to be dry-docked at Garvel on Monday, taking Clansman's allotted place, which will in turn be docked a day or so later. Juno has another broken blade in one of her Voith Schneider units - this also happened last July when she had to be docked at Troon in similar circumstances.

Picture: SoC Crew
Bruernish receives attention

  Clyde:
The 18.20 sailing from Gourock and the 18.50 sailing from Dunoon operated as a passenger service only.
  NorthLink:
The Hjatland has returned from dry dock in Denmark and carried out last night’s Aberdeen Kirkwall Lerwick sailing. It is expected that the Hrossey will depart for Denmark to undertake her annual dry dock around mid March.

The Hjaltland arrived in Lerwick this morning at 07:30 and there are reports that while berthing the vessel struck the linkspan. Although the details are not clear it is thought the ship has sustained damage and is unable to discharge her cargo. This event also raises doubt whether she will carry out this evening’s Lerwick Kirkwall Aberdeen sailing.

Update:
There are
delays affecting Lerwick Departures
Hjaltland arrived in Lerwick at 07:30 and departed at 19:30. This resulted in delays Affecting Kirkwall (Hatston) Arrivals and Departures. Due to technical difficulties Hjaltland is not expected to arrive at Kirkwall (Hatston) until approximately 0030. The onward departure from Kirkwall (Hatston) is estimated to depart at 0130 tonight.
 
13/02/06 Western Isles:
Isle of Cumbrae was in fact heading for Oban to relieve the Bruernish and not to Lochaline as stated yesterday. Bruernish (on winter overhaul relief for Eigg) is currently suffering with mechanical engine problems. Isle of Cumbrae is expected to be on station now serving the Oban - Lismore roster. Meanwhile the Mallaig - Armadale crossing is currently still restricted to passenger only using the chartered vessel Ullin of Staffa. As a result the 1600 ex Mallaig and the 1645 ex Armadale have been cancelled. Lochnevis was sighted testing her lifeboat in JWD, its still unclear when she is due to return north to Mallaig.

Terminals:
Work continues on Oban Terminal with a clear outline of the new linkspan now in place. The construction is too the left of the picture in front of the new terminal building. The current linkspan is at the bottom just out of sight. (see picture opposite).

Picture: SoC Crew
Isle of Cumbrae in Oban
Picture: John Calderwood
Oban terminal on Friday

 
12/02/06 Western Isles:
Clansman is currently enjoying her annual winter relief for her larger fleet mate at Ullapool. She has been running to timetable and keeping the most northerly CalMac route open. Isle of Lewis continues her annual overhaul at the
North West Ship repairs in Bidston.

Clyde:
Isle of Cumbrae
was sighted heading down from Skelmorile the morning. She is possibly heading for relief duties at Lochaline while the Loch Fyne dashes to Mallaig to cover the car ferry duties to Armadale in lu of the Lochnevis breakdown. Confirmation to follow.

Picture: SoC Crew
Clansman in Loch Broom
Picture: David Fairclough
IoL today

 
11/02/06 Western Isles:
Isle of Arran is now at Tobermory berthed at the CalMac terminal for temporary lay-up. Lochnevis is currently in James Watt Dock on the Clyde after suffering some sort of mechanical problem in Mallaig. The chartered vessel Ullin of Staffa is currently running the roster to the Small Isles with an obviously restricted timetable and capacity. (check external link above for updates)

Picture: SoC Crew
IoA at Tobermory

 
09/02/06 Western Isles:
The Hebridean Isles is back from her charter in the North and she will take her first run back on the Islay station tomorrow at 0700 allowing the Isle of Arran to head back up to Tobermory.
 
08/02/06 NorthLink:
The Hamnavoe has Has taken the Scrabster Stromness route from her relief Hebridean Isles, sailing at 06:30. the Hebridean Isles sailed at around 05:00 for the Western Isles.

Western Isles:
Isle of Arran
will head for Tobermory once the Hebridean Isles returns from charter in the Pentland Firth. She will then continue onto Aberdeen for her annual overhaul, one of the last ships to undergo her touch-up. Eigg arrived at Corpach for her annual overhaul this morning. Her mast and lifeboat were removed before being hauled up the slip. Bruernish has taken up her Lismore sailings.
 
07/02/06 NorthLink:
The Hamnavoe has completed her post dry dock MCA tests this afternoon alongside the inside berth at Stromness Terminal. It was initially thought that she would go to sea today but the tests were undertaken while she was alongside. The Hebridean Isles arrived at Stromness at 15:20 this afternoon and ended her charter period with the cancellation of the evening return sailing to Scrabster. At 16:45 the Hebridean Isles had completed unloading, refuelling and left the ro-ro berth and sailed into the centre of Stromness Harbour. The Hamnavoe then swung around the pier from the inner berth to the ro-ro berth allowing the Hebridean Isles to then berth on the inside berth. It is expected that the Hebridean Isles will depart Stromness at 05:00 tomorrow morning and head back to Islay, weather permitting. The Hamnavoe will resume the service tomorrow at 06:30 sailing from Stromness to Scrabster.

Picture: SoC Crew
Hebridean Isles and Hamnavoe playing musical chairs

  Western Isles:
Isle of Mull berthed bow in at Oban this afternoon at 1350. Reason currently unknown. Isle of Mull usually berths stern first at her home port. Hebridean Isles will be back on the Islay station on Friday 10/02/06 as the Hamnavoe's MCA tests were successful (see below) allowing the Isle of Arran to presumably head back to the Clyde.
 
  NorthLink:
The regular Scrabster Stromness vessel Hamnavoe returned to Stromness at 22:30 last night and went onto the inner berth at Stromness terminal. The Hebridean Isles was on the ro-ro berth and departed Stromness at 09:00 this morning on an already disrupted timetable, see external link above for more details. The Hamnavoe is expected to go to sea for MCA tests sometime today and cannot take back the run until these have been concluded.

Picture: SoC Crew
Hebridean Isles Leaving Stromness this morning

 
06/02/06 NorthLink:
It has been reported that the Hamnavoe has completed her dry dock and is heading back for Stromness. It is uncomfirmed when she will be taking over her route from the Hebridean Isles, however she is expected back in Stromness shortly.

Meanwhile the Hebridean Isles is struggling to provide a service in the North since the break in good weather yesterday. There are various cancellations affecting the Pentland Firth
today due to what should be described as moderate weather conditions. Hebridean Isles first departed Stromness at 1115 today and arrived in Scrabster at 14:00. She then departed Scrabster at 1445 and arrived in Stromness at 17:30. The 16:45 sailing from Stromness and 19:15 sailing from Scrabster today have also been cancelled.

Tomorrow’s 06:15 sailing from Stromness has been delayed until 09:00 with an estimated time of arrival in Scrabster of 12:00. The 08:45 sailing from Scrabster has been delayed until 12:30 with an estimated time of arrival in Stromness of 15:30. The 16:45 sailing from Stromness and 19:15 sailing from Scrabster are currently under review and a decision will be made tomorrow. (check external link above for updates)
 
05/02/06 NorthLink:
Hjaltland arrived in Lerwick at 0700 this morning and departed at 0845 sailing for Dry Dock and her annual overhaul. The winter Dry Dock timetable for the Aberdeen - Orkney / Shetland come into action now. There are some disruptions affecting the Pentland Firth crossings using the Hebridean Isles this evening. After taking 3 hours to cross between Stromness and Scrabster she finally docked at 19:50. She then departed Scrabster at 20:05 and arrived in Stromness at 22:40 but due to the moderate weather conditions the 06:15 sailing from Stromness and the 08:45 sailing from Scrabster tomorrow morning have been cancelled. All further sailings for tomorrow will be reviewed at a later time tomorrow. (check external link above for updates)
 
04/02/06 Western Isles:
Isle of Arran was late arriving at Port Askaig today due to lifeboat call out in the Sound of Jura. She was required to cant at the light house at the bottom of the sound.

Clyde:
Isle of Cumbrae has moved from her overhaul position to a temporary winter berth at Rosneath next to Jupiter until she is required to regain her summer duties. Meanwhile the Loch Tarbert also sailed today from Rosneath to take up the  Tarbert – Portavadie / Lochranza roster. Loch Riddon is now to be found relieving on the Tayinloan - Gigha crossing - it is believed this is the first time she has been found there since the late 1990s. Loch Bhrusda took up her slot on the Ardmaleish slip in the last few days, following Loch Ranza moving to Fairlie while her Voith Unit is repaired - she will return to have the unit refitted when the slip becomes free again.
 
02/02/06 Western Isles:
Due to the low tides on the Leverburgh - Berneray route, the 1430 ex Berneray & 1540 ex Leverburgh by Loch Portain will not operate today.
 
01/02/06 NorthLink:
It is understood that the Hebridean Isles used the new pier and terminal at Scrabster Today. The Hebridean Isles normally favours the old pier (“Ola Pier”) which can still be used as the terminal building there is used by NorthLink for non-paid cars and their passengers. It is also understood that the Herbridean Isles is sailing with various NorthLink staff not required in Denmark with the Hamnavoe. These extra staff on board are there to help on the route which has a long working day. The Hebridean Isles is also carrying a NorthLink Master acting as port pilot for both Scrabster and Stromness.

  Western Isles:
Due to the low tides on the Leverburgh - Berneray route, the 1430 ex Berneray & 1540 ex Leverburgh by Loch Portain will not operate today. The Loch Fyne will also miss the 1345 ex Lochaline & 1410 ex Fishnish for the same reason.

Clyde:
Juno
took up the Gourock - Dunoon sailings this afternoon at either 1520 or 1620.

Terminals:

There is a Temporary Closure affecting the Raasay terminal. The closure is at Suisnish Point on the Brochel Road, Isle Of Raasay. Anyone intending to travel between 1700hrs on Wednesday 8th Feb until 2359hrs on Saturday 11th Feb 2006 on the above road. There may be limited access but only under escort to houses accessed from the section of closed road. This is the maximum period of closure and any earlier opening of the road shall be advertised by signs placed in Inverarish Village and the Ferry Terminals at Sconser and Raasay. There is NO alternative route. However access by Emergency Services and pedestrians who must pass the closed road will be provided. (See external link above for more information).
 
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