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28/02/09

Loch Fyne departed Gourock for Mull this morning. After completing ramp trials at both Largs and Cumbrae slip, she made for Cambeltown.

Kennacraig-Port Ellen/Port Askaig: This morning’s 0415 departure from Islay is from Port Ellen rather than Port Askaig, due to last night’s diversion.
Leverburgh-Berneray: Disrupted today due to a low tide, please contact local offices for today’s timetable.
Mallaig-Armadale(Vehicle): Due to essential maintenance being carried out on Armadale Linkspan, this service will be passenger only.


27/02/09

Loch Bhrusda sailed for Craignure today, after leaving Port Askaig at 0615 she called briefly at Oban before arriving at Craignure at 1430. Loch Fyne conducted sea trials today. After completion, she berthed at Gourock for the rest of the day, arriving there around 1130.

Kennacraig-Port Ellen/Port Askaig: The 1800 departure from Kennacraig tonight has diverted to Port Ellen due to adverse weather.
Leverburgh-Berneray: Disrupted today due to a low tide, please contact local offices for today’s timetable.
Mallaig-Armadale(Vehicle): Due to essential maintenance being carried out on Armadale Linkspan, this service will be passenger only.


26/02/09

Isle of Arran conducted sea trials today, departing JWD at 1100. After adjusting compasses etc, at the tail of the bank, she went for a quick sail down the Clyde and back up to JWD to continue her overhaul. Loch Bhrusda sailed at 0930 from Campbeltown for Port Askaig where she arrived at 1610.

Leverburgh-Berneray: Disrupted today due to a low tide, please contact local offices for today’s timetable.
Mallaig-Armadale(Vehicle): Due to essential maintenance being carried out on Armadale Linkspan, this service will be passenger only.

Picture: Buff Funnels Forever (SoC Forum / Clydesights)
Isle of Arran in JWD

25/02/09

Loch Bhrusda departed Rothesay at 1005 today for Campbeltown where she arrived at 1500.

Stornoway-Ullapool: Due to technical problems, today’s 0715 departure from Stornoway departed at 0800.
Leverburgh-Berneray: Disrupted today due to a low tide, please contact local offices for today’s timetable.
Mallaig-Armadale(Vehicle): Due to essential maintenance being carried out on Armadale Linkspan, this service will be passenger only.


24/02/09

Mallaig-Armadale(Vehicle): Due to essential maintenance being carried out on Armadale Linkspan, this service will be passenger only.


23/02/09

Clansman arrived at Gourock HQ this morning to unload crew cars. After sitting in Loch Long, she moved over to Gourock. She then made for Garvel Dry Dock to begin her 2 week overhaul.

Mallaig-Armadale(Vehicle): Due to essential maintenance being carried out on Armadale Linkspan, this service will be passenger only for this coming week.
Gourock-Dunoon: the 1520/1550 sailing from Gourock today was cancelled due to technical reasons.


22/02/09

Clansman sailed to Coll and Tiree today covering Lord of the Isles. After returning to Oban, Clansman swapped back with Lord of the Isles who sailed to the Outer Isles as per timetable. Clansman remained in Oban for a few hours before setting off for Gourock to begin her overhaul.


21/02/09

Clansman moved down to Oban this morning after handing back the Ullapool-Stornoway service to the Isle of Lewis last night. Clansman is temporarily in Oban to let Lord of the Isles undertake some visor maintenance at the North Pier. Clansman sailed to Coll and Tiree as per timetable.


20/02/09

Isle of Lewis still remains in Ullapool today, only moving to let Clansman in with service traffic. It is unusual for a returning vessel, from overhaul, not to take up service immediately. Clansman is due for overhaul this coming Monday, 23rd February.


19/02/09

Isle of Lewis arrived back in Ullapool this morning around 1000. She has remained there all day, only moving to let Clansman in to the berth with service traffic. Isle of Mull arrived into Craignure 10 minutes early today on her 1200 sailing from Oban, arriving at 1235 instead of 1245 as timetabled.


18/02/09

Loch Bhrusda came off Ardmaleish slip tonight and moved to Rothesay harbour to complete her overhaul. She is due to move to the Sound of Harris service, once overhaul is complete, to let Loch Portain away to Greenock for overhaul.

Wemyss Bay – Rothesay: Due to technical reasons the 1600 and 1730 sailings from Rothesay and the 1645 and 1815 sailings from Wemyss Bay have been cancelled.


17/02/09

After completing extensive trials, Isle of Lewis departed Fredericia for home waters. Her ETA to Ullapool is midday on Thursday, 19th February.


10/02/09

Today's 1300hrs departure from Kennacraig was delayed by 30 minutes due to technical problems. The Hebridean Isles departed Kennacraig at 1330hrs arriving at Port Askaig at 1530hrs.


09/02/09

Loch Fyne and Isle of Arran moved into Garvel Dry Dock this morning to begin their annual overhaul.


07/02/09

Loch Tarbert moved from Rothesay harbor to Roseneath for lay up today until the beginning of the summer timetable. Loch Tarbert was noted to be using her newly fitted AIS system. Isle of Arran left Kennacraig this morning for JWD, Greenock, to begin her overhaul along with the Loch Fyne.

Kennacraig-Port Ellen/Port Askaig: The early morning sailing from Islay on 07/02/09 will now leave at 0700 from Port Askaig - NOT 0415 as timetabled.

Picture: Buff Funnels Forever (SoC Forum / Clydesights)
Loch Tarbert heading for Roseneath

06/02/09

Loch Bhrusda swapped places with Loch Tarbert on Ardmaleish slip today. Loch Tarbert then moved to Rothesay harbor to complete her overhaul. Isle of Cumbrae has also been noted to be on Ardmaleish slip undergoing her annual overhaul.

Ullapool – Stornoway: Due to the heavy volumes of traffic, Clansman’s lower carrying capacity and a heavy northerly swell, this service is currently running 1.5-2hrs late.
Ullapool – Stornoway (Freight): Cancelled due to adverse weather.
Fionnphort – Iona: Maintenance on the Iona Slipway has been extended by an additional 4 weeks until the end of February. This service is operating a restricted timetable until further notice. Sailings depart Mon- Sat: Ex Iona - 0900, 1230, 1500, and 1815. Ex Fionnphort - 0845, 1215, 1445 and 1800.

This week’s Oban Times reports that funding for a new Lismore ferry is unlikely in the next five years. To read the full article, follow this link – Oban Times Lismore article


05/02/09

Loch Bhrusda arrived on the Clyde today. After unloading crew cars at Rhubodach she moved to Rothesay harbor to await overhaul.

Ullapool – Stornoway (Freight): Cancelled due to a heavy northerly swell.


04/02/09

Ullapool – Stornoway: Ullapool 1735 dep on Wed 4th and Stornoway 0700 dep on Thurs 5th Feb have been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.
Ullapool – Stornoway (Freight): Cancelled due to adverse weather.


03/02/09

Loch Bhrusda departed Tobermory at 0930 this morning for Kennacraig for an overnight berth. With Loch Linnhe covering the Sound of Barra roster, Loch Bhrusda is heading for Ardmaleish on the Clyde for overhaul.

Ullapool – Stornoway (Freight): Cancelled due to adverse weather.
Uig – Lochmaddy: The 0940 sailing has been cancelled due to adverse weather. Hebrides has diverted to Tarbert and is due to arrive in Tarbert at 1150.
Fionnphort – Iona: Due to essential repair work to the Iona slipway this service is operating a restricted timetable until further notice. Sailings depart Mon- Sat: Ex Iona - 0900, 1230, 1500, and 1815. Ex Fionnphort - 0845, 1215, 1445 and 1800.


01/02/09

Caledonian Isles was suffering from some technical problems this morning. The 1230 sailing from Ardrossan departed at 1250. She is due to arrive in Brodick at 13.45 and will depart again as soon as possible.
Loch Alainn continued on her journey to Lochaline, today departing Campbeltown for Craignure for an overnight berth. She is due to change with loch Fyne at Lochaline at 0630 tomorrow morning.

Fionnphort – Iona: Due to essential repair work to the Iona slipway this service is operating a restricted timetable until further notice. Sailings depart Mon- Sat: Ex Iona - 0900, 1230, 1500, and 1815. Ex Fionnphort - 0845, 1215, 1445 and 1800.


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