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28/02/07 Hebridean Isles departed Port Ellen at 1635 this afternoon - just over an hour late thanks to the weather conditions making Port Ellen rather awkard to get into and out of. The 1800 sailing from Kennacraig was then cancelled for the same reason.
27/02/07 Loch Linnhe was seen in the Sound of Mull at 0810 this morning heading south from Tobermory back to Lochaline where she is back in service as required for large lorries unable to be accommodated on Isle of Cumbrae. This two-ship service will cease when Loch Fyne returns at the weekend.
26/02/07 Western Isles:
Loch Linnhe
was spotted at Craignure pier this morning but then made her way up towards Tobermory later today.

Loch Fyne
has completed her annual overhaul in the wet dock and was sent out on trials for a while this morning.

Loch Fyne returning to JWD after her trials

25/02/07 Northlink:
made company history this afternoon by becoming the first NorthLink vessel to sail up the Mersey. She is having her annual overhaul carried out and is located in the dry dock adjacent to the Clansman. It is understood that part of her overhaul will see the addition of more cabins. She will also receive repairs to minor damage to her bow caused by heavy seas recently.

During Hrossey's spell out of duty, her sister and running mate Hjaltland is maintaining a reduced timetable from Aberdeen to Kirkwall and Lerwick.

PICTURE: John H. Luxton (
Hrossey on the Mersey today

24/02/07 Clyde:
Loch Portain
left Campbeltown this morning and made for Largs where she is reported to have unloaded crew cars and then sailed up to Gourock where she berthed at the wires.
Juno underwent her planned inspection in relation to extending her passenger certificate for another two months this morning. The disruption to the Wemyss Bay - Rothesay timetable lasted only until early afternoon as Juno was able to re-enter service from the 1430 sailing.

PICTURE: John Newth (
Loch Portain arriving at Gourock

23/02/07 Loch Portain continued her journey south today and was sighted off the west side of the Mull of Kintyre around 1400. She is spending tonight at Campbeltown.
Juno came off the Wemyss Bay - Rothesay run at the end of the timetabled sailings today and made for Gourock in readiness for her MCA inspection tomorrow.
Coruisk went out briefly on trials this morning and is now back at Rosneath and Bute has relocated upriver to Glasgow. She is now lying in the King George V dock.
22/02/07 Clyde:
and Loch Fyne are now both back in the wet dock for completion of their annual overhauls. Loch Fyne will be sailing for Largs to pick up crew cars and then making for Lochaline in the next few days. She will then resume normal service, freeing the Isle of Cumbrae for further relief work and the Loch Linnhe to linger around the Oban/Mull area until required.
is expected to return to Rosneath until work at Rothesay is advanced enough to allow her and Bute to return to service.

This Saturday will see Juno being taken out of service temporarily while the MCA inspect her with a view to having her passenger certificate extended for the period she is still required at Rothesay. Saturn will sail on a restricted timetable while this takes place.

Western Isles:
Loch Portain
arrived at Craignure this evening after completing the first stage of her journey to the Clyde and her annual overhaul. It is believed that Loch Bhrusda is currently to be found in her place on the Berneray - Leverburgh run.
21/02/07 Clansman arrived on the Mersey this morning and proceeded to the dry dock recently vacated by the Isle of Lewis. She will now remain there for the next couple of weeks undergoing her annual

PICTURE: Simon Ackers (
Clansman entering dry dock

20/02/07 Western Isles:
Isle of Lewis
reached Stornoway at around 0830 this morning and resumed service on her normal roster later on today. Clansman set off from Stornoway bound for Birkenhead. She passed through the Sound of Mull and then the Sound of Islay, passing Port Askaig at around 1730. She was then spotted on Ship Plotter off the south end of Gigha at 1930. She is expected to reach the Mersey during tomorrow morning.
15/02/07 Western Isles:
Hebridean Isles was spotted entering the Inner sound last night heading for the Skye Bridge. She is now (0940) off the top of Gigha approaching West Loch Tarbert.

Fionnphort - Iona (Loch Buie)
Service is back on timetable from 1415.

Ardmhor - Eriskay (Loch Tarbert):
Due to adverse weather the following sailings were cancelled today:
12:30 ex Ardmhor
1410 ex Eriskay

Uig - Lochmaddy - Uig - Tarbert (Hebrides):
Hebrides arr Uig at 1000 from Lochmaddy.
Due to adverse weather conditions the 0940 sailing Uig to Lochmaddy is meantime cancelled and will be reviewed at approx 1400 with the intention of sailing - weather permitting - at 1500 to Lochmaddy and Tarbert.
(Combined traffic: 0940 Uig - Lochmaddy and 1500 Uig - Tarbert).
The 1245 sailing from Lochmaddy to Uig is cancelled.

Oban - Barra - Lochboisdale
The 1530 sailing from Oban to Barra & Uist has been cancelled due to weather.
The next sailing from Oban will be at 0630 on Friday 16th February.
The timetable will be as follows:
0630 dep Oban
1150 arr Castlebay
1200 dep Castlebay
1720 arr Oban
Intending passengers for Lochboisdale are advised by CalMac that the 1230 from Ardmhor - Eriskay is available and passengers from Lochboisdale are advised to travel on the 1030 from Eriskay - Ardmhor to connect with the 1200 back to Oban.

Oban - Col l - Tiree (Lord of the Isles):
The 0645 from Oban to Coll and Tiree has now managed to dock at Tiree.
The ferry has now left Tiree at 1535 and is heading for Coll and then Oban.
Estimated arrival time in Oban is approximately 2000.

Oban - Craignure (Isle of Mull):
Due to adverse weather the 1000 sailing from Oban to Craignure and the 1100 sailing from Craignure to Oban were cancelled.
The service is currently running approximately 20 minutes late and is liable to further disruption or cancellation.
The 1400 from Oban and the 1500 from Craignure have now been cancelled.
 The next scheduled sailing from Oban will be at 1600 and from Craignure at 1700 - weather permitting.

Tayinloan - Gigha (Loch Ranza):
Service cancelled until further notice due to adverse weather.

Mallaig - Armadale (Lochnevis):
The 0840h ex Mallaig and 0925h ex Armadale are cancelled due to adverse weather.  There will be an update at 1500h re. the 1600h sailing this afternoon.
Weather permitting the 1600h will be sailing as timetabled this afternoon.

Mallaig - Small Isles (Lochnevis):
The 1020h sailing to the Small Isles today has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

Sconser - Raasay (Loch Striven):
Due to adverse weather conditions the above service will be prone to disruption for the day.

Ullapool - Stornoway (Clansman):
Clansman departed Stornoway at 1608.  The Captain has made the decision to cancel the 1715 sailing from Ullapool (Thursday) and the 0715 Stornoway - Ullapool sailing on Friday 16/02/07, all due to adverse weather conditions.


Wemyss Bay - Rothesay (Juno, Saturn):
Due to adverse weather conditions there are no sailings from Rothesay to Wemyss Bay at present.
Juno will depart from Rothesay @ 1500 sailing to Gourock.
Juno will depart Gourock @ 1700 sailing to Rothesay.
Transport will be made available from Gourock to Wemyss Bay.
Update 1730:
Due to adverse weather conditions the service has been suspended for the rest of this evening.

On Saturday 24th February 2007, a single vessel (Juno) service will operate on the Route.
From Wemyss Bay:
0845, 1015, 1215, 1345, 1515, 1645, 1815, 1945
From Rothesay:
0800, 0930, 1100, 1300, 1430, 1600, 1730, 1900

Gourock - Dunoon (Jupiter):
Due to adverse weather conditions the 1920 dep Gourock & 1950 dep Dunoon have both been cancelled.

Ardrossan - Brodick (Caledonian Isles):
Update 0940:
Caledonian Isles is currently heading for Gourock from Brodick as she is unable to berth at Ardrossan due to weather conditions.
Update 1330:
Due to adverse weather conditions the 1350 has been diverted to Gourock.
The 1515 sailing from Ardrossan will depart from Gourock as soon as possible thereafter.
The 1640 from Brodick and the 1800 from Ardrossan have been cancelled.
There will be no further sailings on this route when the ferry berths in Brodick.

Tarbert - Portavadie (Loch Riddon):
Thursday 15th February 2007 - Service cancelled until further notice due to Adverse Weather.

Colintraive - Rhubodach (Loch Dunvegan):
Service is liable to disruption or cancellation due to the weather.
Service has been suspended for the rest of this evening.

Largs - Cumbrae (Loch Alainn):
The service between Largs and Cumbrae slip has suspended due to adverse weather.
Service will be reviewed at 1800 for a possible 1815 departure.
14/02/07 Terminals:
There are currently some temporary measures for LGV's at Fishnish. CalMac staff are manning some lanes which measure the gross tonnage of the lorries and coaches that are currently using the crossing. This has been put in place due to the fact that the two smaller Loch class vessels currently on the route are not able to carry the same weight as the regular Loch Fyne.
Temporary lanes at Fishnish
Hebridean Isles departed Scrabster at 0845 to arrive in Stromness at 1045 on her last relief sailing. The next scheduled sailing will depart Stromness at 1045 to arrive in Scrabster at 1215 which will be performed by the Hamnavoe.
  SoC Live! Update 1200:
The Hebridean Isles arrived in Scapa Flow at 10:30 this morning and waited 15 minutes outside Stromness harbour for the Hamnavoe to clear the berth and harbour. The Hamnavoe departed Stromness at 10:45 and passed the Hebridean Isles in Scapa Flow at around 10:50 with the Hebridean Isles berthing shortly after. The Hebridean Isles then departed Stromness escorted by an Orkney Isles Harbour Pilot Vessel at 11:15 disembarking the pilot at the entrance to the Stromness Harbour. During her relief the Hebridean Isles was sailing with a NorthLink Master acting as Harobour Pilot and therefore only needed a external harbour pilot to finally leave the port. The Hebridean Isles is now bound for the Western Isles.
Hamnavoe departs Stromness while Hebridean Isles waits
13/02/07 Western Isles:
SoC Live! Update 0803:
Isle of Cumbrae
is currently running 10min late as she has two heavy lorries weighing her down making her slower than usual.

Some details of the new Islay ferry have been published in the latest edition of 'The Ileach' (The Independent Newspaper for Islay and Jura):
Open deck ro-ro Passenger / Vehicular ferry with forward and aft ramps, forward ramp protected by clam-shell doors.
Ferry to be about 85m overall length, about 16.4m beam, 3.2m draft
Service speed about 16.5 knots
Deadweight of around 700 tonnes with gross tonnage about 5,000
Requirement to carry about 62 cars or 10 x 44-tonne CVs plus 18 cars on mezzanine deck, together with about 600 passengers.
Propulsion to be direct drive CPP propellers, with options for azimuthing thrusters, either directly or electrically driven.
Anticipated date for award of contract September 2007, fabrication to commence September 2008 for delivery March 2010.
The Hamnavoe returned from her overhaul to Stromness this evening at 21:45. She berthed stern onto the inside West berth at Stromness with the Hebridean Isles on the East linkspan berth. The Hebridean Isles will complete the first two sailings (Scrabster return) of Tomorrow and the Hamnavoe is then expected to resume her service at 11:00 with the sailing to Scrabster.
Hamnavoe's AIS location at 2054
12/02/07 Western Isles:
Clansman was noted running 20 minuets late on her arrival into Stornoway at lunchtime today. Her crossing from Ullapool was delayed by the weather conditions.
PICTURE: Margaret Morrison
Clansman at Lunchtime today
Loch Fyne
and Coruisk moved to JWD and Garvel today where they will commence their annual overhauls.

Juno will be withdrawn from service on the Wemyss Bay - Rothesay route on Saturday, 24 February 2007. This is to allow the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) to conduct a routine inspection of the ship. Successful completion of the inspection will allow CalMac ferries to extend the vessel’s Passenger Certificate for another two months, enabling her to cover the period of time taken to complete Argyll and Bute Council’s pier works at Rothesay.
The planned interruption of the two-vessel service will be as follows:
Juno will be taken off service on completion of her last scheduled sailing on Friday 23 February.
On Saturday 24 February, a single vessel service will operate from the 0800 sailing from Rothesay.
11/02/07 NorthLink:
NorthLink Ferries is facilitating the gathering of vital weather data from the North Sea between Aberdeen and the Northern Isles, in partnership with the Met Office.
An Automatic Weather Station (AWS), which records information such as sea-level air pressure and temperature, has been installed on the passenger ferry Hjaltland, which serves the route between the Scottish mainland and Orkney and Shetland...
More Here...
The Appliance of Science on NorthLink Ferries
(external link to NorthLink)
10/02/07 Western Isles:
Ullapool - Stornoway (Clansman):
Due adverse weather the 1730 sailing from Ullapool to Stornoway on 09/02/07 has been cancelled.
Clansman will remain in Ullapool overnight with a view to sail around midday tomorrow.

Ardmhor - Eriskay (Loch Tarbert):
Due to adverse weather conditions the following sailings are cancelled:
1710 ex Ardmhor - Eriskay
1815 ex Eriskay - Ardmhor
It is believed that the problem with Loch Dunvegan's ramp reported on Wednesday were due to the freezing temperatures which, at one point, dropped to minus 8 in the area.

Caledonian Isles was using the old 'Irish berth' today, presumably due to the strong easterlies that were blowing into Ardrossan harbour. The picture opposite shows her leaving at 1300. She was running about 30mins behind all day.
PICTURE: Stuart McMahon
CI at the Irish berth today
Largs - Cumbrae (Loch Alainn):
The 0645 sailing from Largs and the 0700 sailing from Cumbrae are cancelled due to adverse weather.
The 0715 from Largs and the 0730 from Cumbrae are cancelled.
The 0745 from Largs and the 0800 sailings from Cumbrae are cancelled also.
Service will resume as timetabled at 0815 departing Largs.

Hatston - Lerwick (Hrossey):
Due to severe weather conditions the 2345 sailing from Hatston to Lerwick is cancelled.
The next scheduled sailing is due to depart Hatston at 2345 on Sunday 11th February.
However, due to a adverse weather forecast, this sailing is under review.

Lerwick - Aberdeen (Hjaltland):
Hjaltland arrived in Lerwick at 0730.
Due to severe weather conditions the 1900 sailing from Lerwick to Aberdeen has been cancelled.
The next scheduled sailing is on Sunday 11th February at 1900 sailing from Lerwick to Aberdeen.
However, due to a adverse weather forecast this sailing is under review.

Aberdeen - Hatston - Lerwick (Hrossey):
Hrossey arrived in Aberdeen at 0610.
Due to severe weather conditions the 1700 sailing form Aberdeen to Hatston and Lerwick has been cancelled.
The next scheduled sailing is on Sunday 11th February at 17:00 sailing to Hatston and Lerwick.
However, due to a adverse weather forecast this sailing is under review.
09/02/07 Western Isles:
Loch Linnhe
and Isle of Cumbrae are battling the Sound of Mull together today. They were seen this morning kicking up some impressive swell at Fishnish which later turned into a force 6/7 squall. As of 1000 there are no cancellations on the route.

Ardmhor - Eriskay (Loch Tarbert):
Due to adverse weather conditions the following sailings are cancelled:
0715 ex Ardmhor
0820 ex Eriskay
Update 1230:
Due to continued adverse weather conditions the following sailings are cancelled:
1230 ex Ardmhor
1410 ex Eriskay
The last return sailing of the day has been brought forward and will depart at the following times:
1500 ex Ardmhor (Instead of 1710)
1600  ex Eriskay (Instead of 1815)

Past Fleet News - O
n This Day...
In 2005 the Wemyss Bay - Rothesay ferry Bute was launched in Poland.
08/02/07 Western Isles:
Loch Bhrusda
is making for Kennacraig this afternoon, then onwards to the Clyde tomorrow.
07/02/07 Western Isles:
Loch Linnhe
joined Isle of Cumbrae on the Lochaline - Fishnish service today. Both vessels had to be used in order to carry the traffic which is normally handled by the much larger Loch Fyne. A dual timetable was in operation with the ferries passing each other in the middle of the Sound of Mull.
Loch Tarbert passed Fishnish at 0805 this morning as she continued her journey up to Barra where she is to relieve the Loch Bhrusda for her annual overhaul. In previous years Loch Linnhe has carried out this relief role however this year, due to increased traffic on the Sound of Barra route, the larger vessel is required.
Isle of Arran arrived at Port Ellen tonight at 2045 this is due to a late departure this afternoon.

Colintraive - Rhubodach (Loch Dunvegan):
Services were cancelled from 0530 to around 0830 this morning due to a fault with one of the ramps on Loch Dunvegan.
Service now operating as timetabled.
06/02/07 Western Isles:
SoC Live! Update 0752:
Loch Linnhe is currently ticking over at Craignure, indicating a move elsewhere. Updates to follow.
Isle of Cumbrae appears to have settled into her relief roster at Fishnish.

Update 0900:

Loch Fyne has just rounded the Mull of Kintyre bound for Gourock via Largs. She is due at Largs around lunchtime to offload crew cars and proceed to JWD. She is due into JWD midweek with Coruisk for annual overhaul.
Update 1130:
Loch Fyne is currently passing Kildonan on Arran inbound for Largs.
Update 1330:

Loch Fyne is currently passing Ardrossan inbound for Largs.
Update 1500:
Loch Fyne sailed bow first from Craighouse to Largs. She has just berthed stern first at Largs along with Loch Alainn.

Loch Tarbert left Rothesay this morning bound for Oban where she will spend tonight. She will then proceed first thing in the morning for Barra to relieve the Loch Bhrusda for annual overhaul.
Isle of Cumbrae today

PICTURE: Conway McCulloch
Loch Fyne berthed at Largs
Scrabster - Stromness (Hebridean Isles):
The following revised timetable will be in place today due to yesterdays cancellations:
Depart Stromness at 0830 to arrive in Scrabster at approximately 1030.
Depart Scrabster at 1400 to arrive in Stromness at approximately 1600.
The 1645 from Stromness and the 1915 from Scrabster will depart as scheduled.
Hebridean Isles departed Stromness at 0830 to arrive in Scrabster at approximately 1030.
Due to adverse weather the 0845 from Scrabster and the 1115 from Stromness have been cancelled.
The above revised timetable is still in place today.

Past Fleet News - On This Day...
In 2004 the Isle of Mull endured a rather slippery day when oil burst from a pipe on her car deck and seawater flooded her engine.
05/02/07 Western Isles:
Loch Linnhe still appears to be at Craignure awaiting her relief deployment elsewhere in the network.
Isle of Mull
arrived and departed on time with the 0700 ex Oban sailing.
SoC Live! Update 1315:
Lord of the Isles is currently passing Tobermory on time inbound on her 0730 ex Lochboisdale - Oban.
Update 1610:

Isle of Cumbrae
is now on the Lochaline - Fishnish roster allowing the Loch Fyne to go for her annual overhaul. Loch Fyne has departed the Sound of Mull en-route to Gourock via Largs for her annual overhaul.

Leverburgh - Berneray (Loch Portain):
Due to Tidal Restrictions on the Sound of Harris route the following sailings are cancelled:
Sunday 18th February:
Dep Berneray 1330
Dep Leverburgh 1440
Monday - Wednesday 19th - 21st February inclusive:
Dep Berneray 1430
Dep Leverburgh 1540

Scrabster - Stromness (Hebridean Isles):
Hebridean Isles is currently berthed in Stromness.
Due to a severe weather and tidal conditions and in the interest of passenger comfort and safety the following sailings have been cancelled:
0615 ex Stromness
0845 ex Scrabster
1115 ex Stromness
The following revised timetable will be in place:
Depart Scrabster at 1400 to arrive in Stromness at approximately 1600.
The 1645 from Stromness and the 1915 from Scrabster are under review.
Update 1400:
Due to adverse weather conditions and in the interest of passenger comfort and safety the 1645 from Stromness and 1900 from Scrabster have been cancelled.
The following revised timetable will be in place on Tuesday 6th February:
Depart Stromness at 0830 to arrive in Scrabster at approximately 1030.
Depart Scrabster at 1400 to arrive in Stromness at approximately 1600.
The 1645 from Stromness and the 1915 from Scrabster will depart as scheduled.
04/02/07 Western Isles:
Isle of Arran departed Port Ellen at 1540, 11mins late, due to her late arrival from Kennacraig.
PICTURE: Allan Comrie
Coruisk at Rosneath today
03/02/07 Clyde:
Loch Tarbert
is now lying at Rothesay inner berth, having completed her annual overhaul
Loch Alainn is now (1430) passing Millport and heading for Largs where she will resume service and relieve Isle of Cumbrae.
Update 1800:
Loch Alainn appears to be back in service on the Largs - Cumbrae Slip service.
Isle of Cumbrae left Largs today on route to Lochaline to relieve the Loch Fyne, she will stay overnight in Craighouse, Jura before finishing her journey tomorrow.
02/02/07 Western Isles:
Loch Linnhe
is currently lying alongside Craignure Pier (Southside). It is possible that later today or tomorrow she will cover for the Loch Fyne allowing her larger fleet mate to go for her annual overhaul.

Loch Alainn left Barra this morning after completing her trails on the Ardmhor - Eriskay roster. She passed Port Askaig at 1545, which would indicate she sailed via the Gunna Sound and Sound of Iona. She will probably spend the night either at Craighouse, Kennacraig or Campbeltown.

Bute appears to have journeyed to James Watt Dock (JWD) for some touch up work today.
PICTURE: Gerry Deegan
Bute in JWD today
Gourock, Wemyss Bay, Largs & Ardrossan

First ScotRail have announced that essential engineering work will be carried out on rail services serving the above terminals on Sundays from 4th February 2007.
We recommend that intending passengers check with First ScotRail on or 08457 550033 to check journey times during this period.
CalMac Ferries have announced they will endeavour to maintain connections where ever possible.

Hamnavoe departed Stromness at 2110 for the Scapa Flow and on to Frederikshavn for her annual overhaul. Hebridean Isles will take up the Pentland Firth roster tomorrow morning.
01/02/07 Western Isles:
Lord of the Isles was sighted passing Tobermory at 1320, 10min late on her inbound sailing to Oban. She was noted sailing with a almost full compliment of passengers.
SoC Live! Update 1613:
Lord of the Isles is just passing Craignure on Mull outbound for Castlebay back on her timetable.

Loch Alainn was noted out on trials today between Ardmhor and Eriskay. She was noted deploying her ramps and systems while Loch Bhrusda went about her daily business. First impressions of her on the route are pleasing with the locals welcoming her arrival.

Loch Linnhe has been covering at Fionnphort while Loch Buie has been away for engine repairs, possibly to Corpach. She left Fionnphort about 1130 on Tuesday morning.
PICTURE: Ronnie Mac Neil
Both Lochs at Ardmhor
PICTURE: Ronnie Mac Neil
Loch Alainn at Ardmhor today
Isle of Cumbrae fresh from overhaul, is settling back into her role of relief vessel for her island namesake. She is expected to stay on the Largs - Cumbrae roster until the Loch Alainn returns from route trials in the Outer Hebrides between Ardmhor - Eriskay. Loch Alainn is expected back at her Largs station on Saturday night and is expected to return to service on the Largs - Cumbrae route on Sunday 4th February 2007.
PICTURE: Conway MacCulloch
Isle of Cumbrae at Cumbrae
Hebridean Isles arrived in Stromness, Orkney today at 1200 to take up her relief roster on the NorthLink Scrabster - Stromness roster. This will allow the regular vessel Hamnavoe to make for her annual overhaul.
Hamnavoe is still currently in service and departed Scrabster at 1900 to arrive in Stromness at 2030.
The next scheduled sailing will depart Stromness at 0630 to arrive in Scrabster at 0815.
Hebridean Isles's first sailing on the Pentland Firth crossing will be this Saturday.
PICTURE: SoC Crew (Ship Plotter)
Hebridean Isles at Stromness
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