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Isle of Mull was reported to be running approximately half an hour late this morning due to a problem encountered while at Craignure

Loch Bhrusda
left Ardmaleish this afternoon and proceeded north to her lay up berth at Rosneath. While on the slip on Bute she was fitted with AIS equipment.

Picture: Buff Funnels Forever (SoC Forum / Clydesights)
Loch Bhrusda passing Bute en route for Rosneath

Loch Fyne was suffering from technical problems for a while today although she returned to service this afternoon. Elsewhere, Loch Ranza was also off service for a while this morning  with technical issues although she too appears to have returned to service.

17/06/08 CLYDE:
Loch Bhrusda
left Rothesay at 0945 heading north to Ardmaleish where she went straight onto the slip for repairs.

Picture: Saturn (SoC Forum / Daily Bute)
Loch Bhrusda on Ardmaleish slip

16/06/08 CLYDE:
Loch Bhrusda
arrived at Rothesay this afternoon following her journey round the Mull of Kintyre. She will spend the night alongside the pier before heading up to Ardmaleish tomorrow

With Loch Alainn now back in service on the Sound of Barra, Loch Bhrusda is making her way back to the Clyde. She arrived in Oban at 1135 for fuel etc and will be spending tonight at Port Askaig.
Update: Loch Bhrusda arrived at Port Askaig around 1700 as seen in the photos below...

Loch Shira
was off service for a while this afternoon due to a steering problem, leaving Loch Riddon to carry out Cumbrae sailings alone. The larger vessel was back in service from 1645.

Picture: Andycam (SoC Forum/Clyde Naval Gazing)
Loch Riddon in single service at Largs

Picture: G-Pat Ile (Soc Forum) Picture: G-Pat Ile (SoC Forum) Picture: G-Pat Ile (SoC Forum)
Loch Bhrusda arriving at Port Askaig this evening for an overnight berth

Loch Alainn
was observed in Loch Linnhe while out on trials today. She then left Corpach again later this evening bound for an overnight berth, presumaby at either Craignure or Lochaline steamer pier.

The Barra - Eriskay service was subject to disruption today from 1015 as the Loch Bhrusda was suffering from technical difficulties. Elsewhere in the network, Loch Tarbert returned from JWD to her base at Lochranza this afternoon and thus allowed Loch Riddon to return to Largs, where she arrived c1645.

Hebridean Isles saw her 1300 service to Islay diverted to Port Ellen this afternoon due to power issues affecting Port Askaig. She arrived at Port Ellen at 1520 and left at 1545.


Picture: Andycam (SoC Forum/Clyde Naval Gazing)
Loch Riddon returning to Largs

Strong tidal conditions appear to have been causing problems for Clansman through today. Her 1850 ex Castlebay didn't in fact leave until around 2300, as seen on ShipAIS.

09/06/08 CLYDE:
Loch Riddon
left Largs early this morning and proceeded to Lochranza where she is now in service on the secondary Arran route. Loch Tarbert then made for JWD and was observed passing Wemyss Bay on her way north. With Loch Riddon away from her summer base and Loch Bhrusda otherwise engaged in the Western Isles, Loch Shira is currently providing a half-hourly timetable on her own.


Picture: Saturn (SoC Forum)
Loch Tarbert en route for Gourock

Loch Alainn
left Tobermory around 0900 and made for Corpach. She called in at Lochaline to drop off crew cars en route and was spotted approaching the Corran Narrows early this afternoon. She is now moored at the pier adjacent to Corpach slip.

It is anticipated that Loch Tarbert will hand over the Claonaig - Lochranza service in the next couple of days to Loch Riddon while she goes to Ardmaleish or Garvel for repairs of her own. More on this when we have it.

07/06/08 CLYDE:
returned to service following her annual overhaul today, resuming with the 1020 ex Gourock. Saturn then came off duty and will next sail for Ardrossan ready to take up her summer role with the first sailing of the day on Monday morning.

Loch Alainn
left Barra today and is spending tonight at Tobermory as part of her journey to Corpach for repairs.


Picture: Balephuil Bay (SoC Forum)
Jupiter and Saturn at Gourock yesterday

Loch Bhrusda
left Lochaline early this morning on the long haul out to Barra. It is expected she will not arrive until this evening as she only does 9 knots. We therefore expect Loch Alainn won't leave Barra until tomorrow.

05/06/08 CLYDE:
Loch Bhrusda
set out from Arran this morning and is spending tonight at Lochaline's west pier in the Sound of Mull. She is expected to resume her journey first thing tomorrow and take over the Barra - Eriskay run in order to allow Loch Alainn to head for Corpach.

It would also appear that Loch Tarbert is experiencing technical issues at present as there is a warning of possible disruption on the Claonaig - Lochranza service. Loch Riddon may be heading over to Arran to cover in the near future - more on this when we have it.

04/06/08 CLYDE:
Loch Bhrusda
emerged from her lay up berth at Rosneath today and made for Rothesay first of all before heading for Lochranza and an overnight berth in the company of Loch Tarbert. She is en route for Barra where she is to relieve the Loch Alainn which is in need of repairs.


Picture: Saturn (Daily Bute)
Loch Bhrusda calling at Rothesay

02/06/08 CLYDE:
emerged from Garvel dry dock today and was repositioned in JWD to have her annual overhaul completed. She is expected back in service in the next week to allow Saturn to go down to Ardrossan to commence her summer dutes as second Arran vessel. These duties will now see her carry out up to four return sailings a day an she will be based overnight in Ardrossan.

Loch Portain will see most of her lunchtime/early afternoon sailings cancelled this coming week due to predicted low tides.


Picture: Buff Funnels Forever (Clydesights)
Jupiter in JWD

01/06/08 CalMac were supposed to hand over the service from Ballycastle to Rathlin to a new company based in Ireland after the latter won the contract to operate the route. However the failure of the new company to secure the required passenger certificate or their vessel means that for the time being the Canna is continuing to operate the route on charter from CMAL.

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