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29/04/09

SoC were out and about as part of another week-long island hop today. Conveniently enough we were in Oban to witness Hebridean Isles’ attempts at berthing at the new linkspan. Normally this would not cause a problem, however without a working bow thruster it took a while (and in fact 2 attempts, as this sequence of photos shows, courtesy of Gadget!) The 1530 to Colonsay and Port Askaig was on amber alert,  however she did manage to get alongside at Colonsay without a problem.


28/04/09

Isle of Arran continued on the ‘wrong’ Islay roster until 1245; she then sailed from Port Ellen to Port Askaig to take up her own roster from 1530 with the inward sailing to Kennacraig.
Meanwhile Hebridean Isles was diverted on the 1300 from Kennacraig to Islay so that she could take up her own roster at 1800 with the sailing from Port Ellen.


27/04/09

Berneray – Leverburgh: Disrupted due to tidal conditions. The following sailings are cancelled. Depart Berneray 1330 Depart Leverburgh 1445


25/04/09

Berneray – Leverburgh: Disrupted due to tidal conditions. The following sailings are cancelled. Depart Leverburgh 1135 Depart Berneray 1330
Kennacraig – Islay: Due to technical problems, the 0700 sailing from Kennacraig to Port Ellen is being diverted to Port Askaig, this means the 0945 will be from Port Askaig rather than Port Ellen. Isle of Arran departed Port Ellen at 1210 bound for Port Askaig where she will take the 1530 Ex Port Askaig to Kennacraig. The 1300 departure from Kennacraig is diverting to Port Ellen rather than Port Askaig. This means the 1800 departure will be from Port Ellen rather than Port Askaig.


24/04/09

Berneray – Leverburgh: Disrupted due to tidal conditions. The following sailings are cancelled. Depart Leverburgh 1135 Depart Berneray 1330


18/04/09

Wemyss Bay – Rothesay: Due to technical reasons, tonight’s 1945 departure from W’Bay has been cancelled, Bute has moved to Gourock for repairs.


17/04/09

Isle of Arran arrived back at Kennacraig this morning after her recent visit to Birkenhead. She resumed service at lunchtime with a back up run to Hebridean Isles’s 1300 sailing to Port Askaig. Pentalina~B followed Isle of Arran out of West Loch Tarbert as she left Kennacraig for St Margaret’s Hope, ending her recent charter to CMAL.

Colintriave – Rhubodach: due to adverse weather conditions at Rhubodach, the 0820 ex Colintriave has been delayed until 0900 for a break in the weather.


16/04/09

Isle of Arran departed dry dock today and undertook trials on the Mersey.
Update: After successful trials, Isle of Arran has left Birkenhead for Kennacraig.
2230 update: Isle of Arran is currently east of Belfast making good time for her ETA at Kennacraig of 0800 tomorrow morning.

Kennacraig – Islay: Due to technical reasons the 0700hrs sailing from Kennacraig to Islay will divert to Port Askaig, this in effect will mean that the 0945hrs sailing from Islay at 0945hrs will be from Port Askaig NOT Port Ellen.
Colintraive – Rhubodach: Disrupted due to adverse weather.


15/04/09

Kennacraig – Islay: The 1800hrs from Kennacraig this evening will be diverting to Port Askaig and the 0415hrs from Islay tomorrow morning (Thursday) will now be departing from Port Askaig not Port Ellen as timetabled.


13/04/09

Gourock – Dunoon: The 1220 and 1320 sailings departing Gourock and the 1250 and 1350 sailings departing Dunoon have been cancelled due to technical difficulties.


10/04/09

Lochboisdale/Barra – Oban: Due to yesterday’s adverse weather, this service will be arriving in Oban 2 hours late.
Berneray – Leverburgh: Disrupted due to tidal conditions.
Kennacraig – Islay: Due to adverse weather the 0700hrs sailing from Kennacraig to Islay will divert to Port Askaig, this in effect will mean that the 0945hrs sailing from Islay at 0945hrs will be from Port Askaig NOT Port Ellen.
Uig – Tarbert: Disrupted due to the volume of traffic.


09/04/09

Claonaig - Lochranza: Disrupted due to adverse weather. May be diverted to Tarbert.
Barra – Eriskey: Disrupted due to adverse weather.
Fionnphort – Iona: Disrupted due to adverse weather.
Kennacraig – Islay: Due to adverse weather the 0700hrs sailing from Kennacraig to Islay will divert to Port Askaig, this in effect will mean that the 0945hrs sailing from Islay at 0945hrs will be from Port Askaig NOT Port Ellen. The 1800hrs sailing from Kennacraig will divert to Port Askaig and the 0415hrs sailing from Islay tomorrow will be operating from Port Askaig.
Wemyss Bay – Rothesay: Disrupted due to adverse weather.
Fionnphort – Iona: Disrupted due to adverse weather.
Mallaig – Armadale: Disrupted due to adverse weather.
Sconser – Raasay: Disrupted due to adverse weather Loch Striven is unable to land at Raasay slip.
Lochboisdale/Barra – Oban: Cancelled due to adverse weather.
Oban – Tiree/Barra: Due to adverse weather, Clansman was running 1 hour behind timetable.

 

Picture: Al (SoC Crew) Picture: Al (SoC Crew) Picture: Al (SoC Crew)
Clansman arriving at a windy Scarinish Pier, Tiree.


08/04/09

Berneray – Leverburgh: Disrupted due to tidal conditions.
Kennacraig – Islay: Disrupted due to adverse weather, services are running to Port Askaig rather than Port Ellen.
Largs – Cumbrae Slip: Disrupted due to technical reasons. This service is running at a reduced vehicle and passenger capacity.
Portavadie – Tarbert: Disrupted due to technical reasons.


07/04/09

Oban – Colonsay: Due to technical problems we will be operating the Wednesday Kennacraig / Port Askaig / Colonsay – Oban Service from Oban NOT Kennacraig as per timetable. Sailings from Oban (Wednesday) until further notice will be: 1530 Oban-Colonsay 1800 Colonsay-Port Askaig 1915 Port Askaig - Colonsay 2030 Colonsay – Oban.
Claonaig – Lochranza: Due to a technical problem, the 10:45hr departure from Lochranza and the 11:20hr departure from Claonaig have both been cancelled.
Fionnphort – Lochranza: Disrupted due to adverse weather, running a restricted service until further notice.
Berneray – Leverburgh: Disrupted due to tidal conditions.


04/04/09

Eigg resumed the Lismore roster today from Raasay. After a brief call at Gourock, Loch Bhrusda arrived at Roseneath from Lochranza for layup.

Fionnphort – Iona: Suspended due to technical problems.


03/04/09

Isle of Arran entered Dry Dock this morning to begin repairs on her damaged hull. Loch Bhrusda moved to Lochranza. Loch Riddon arrived on the Clyde today, after a brief call at Largs to unload crew cars, she moved to Fairlie due to pier works at Largs.


02/04/09

Eigg returned to Oban this evening after completing her recent overhaul at Corpach. Loch Bhrusda left Craignure for Port Askaig. Pentalina~B began a twice daily roster to Port Askaig from Kennacraig, mainly carrying freight due to her restricted capacity.


01/04/09

After being laid up in Tobermory for the past 2 weeks, Loch Riddon moved to Oban today. Pentalina~B arrived at Kennacraig today to begin a 4 week cover on the Islay route for the Isle of Arran.


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