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 DATE  NEWS
29/07/07 Western Isles:
Lord of the Isles
was running around 40 minutes late on her return sailing from Colonsay this evening.
 
20/07/07 Clyde:
Loch Shira
has re-entered service after receiving successful repairs at Fairlie. Loch Bhrusda will lie at Fairlie on standby in case she is needed again on emergency relief.
 
18/07/07 Clyde:
Update 1400:
Loch Bhrusda is currently running about 10min late on the Cumbrae roster - so much so that the Loch Riddon on the 2nd roster has caught up with her and is having to await her larger sister to clear each respective slipway.

Updates on Loch Shira's condition due soon, she is currently awaiting engineers to look at one of her Voith units.
 
15/07/07 Western Isles:
Hebridean Isles was expected back in service for tonight’s 1800hrs sailing to Port Ellen. In the end it was Isle of Arran that took the sailing, delayed until 1900 and thus allowing her to return to her own roster, resuming with the 0700 ex Port Ellen tomorrow morning. Hebridean Isles now has her bow ramp locked out of use and will be operating as a stern-loader only until proper bow ramp repairs can be carried out.
(See Yesterdays News and the picture from yesterday opposite, shown on blog.islayinfo.com)

PICTURE: from The Ileach
Hebridean Isles' damaged bow ramp

 
14/07/07
Western Isles:
Hebridean Isles went off service at Kennacraig this afternoon due to a problem with her bow ramp. One of her ramp hinge pins sheared, causing the ramp to lie at an angle. It is thought that an overloaded lorry caused the wear-and-tear and eventual failure of the component. The 1300 was carried out later on in the day. Isle of Arran made an additional run from Port Ellen at around 1240 - 1300ish to Kennacraig and then took the delayed 1300 sailing to Port Askaig, departing 3 hours late. 
She then returned to Kennacraig later in the evening and took the delayed 1800 sailing to Port Ellen at 2115, leaving Port Ellen on the return leg at midnight.
PICTURE: Robbie Mathieson
Loch Bhrusda Still at Largs Today
 
13/07/07
Clyde:
Friday 13th appears to have struck for Loch Shira. She failed with solenoid problems leaving Loch Riddon to cope on her own until Loch Bhrusda arrived from Rosneath during the afternoon. Loch Bhrusda has since been the main Cumbrae vessel but as she carries 18 cars (which Loch Alainn was restricted to on that run) it isn't causing too much of a problem with both vessels running in tandem.
 
10/07/07 Company News:
Shipping Times:
"No Sunday Sailings to Hebrides" (opens in new window)
 
06/07/07 Clyde:
Loch Bhrusda
left Lochranza early this morning and made for Largs where she unloaded crew cars. She then made for Rosneath where she will lie as spare unit until required on relief or as emergency cover.
 
05/07/07 Western Isles:
Loch Bhrusda
left Lochaline early this morning and continued her journey towards the Clyde. She is spending tonight at Lochranza with the Loch Tarbert.
 
04/07/07 Western Isles:
Loch Alainn
left Craignure early this morning and reached Barra during this afternoon after crossing the Minch. She changed over with the Loch Bhrusda and entered service on the Ardmhor - Eriskay run with the 1545 departure from Ardmhor. Loch Bhrusda then proceeded back across the Minch and is spending the night at the timber pier at Lochaline as Tobermory, Oban and Craignure are all unavailable. She will return to the Clyde and assume the role of Clyde relief vessel.
PICTURE: Ronnie MacNeill
Loch Alainn on her first departure from Ardmhor
 
03/07/07 Western Isles:
Loch Alainn
left Craighouse in the early hours this morning and passed Port Askaig at around 0600 as she continued her way towards Barra. This route would indicate she may be travelling via the Sound of Iona and the Gunna Sound, rather than the route she used a few months ago which took her through the Sound of Mull.

Update:
Loch Alainn did indeed proceed through the Sound of Iona and Gunna Sound, however her radar suffered technical problems and she was forced to return via the Sound of Mull to Craignure where she is spending tonight. Engineers were carried by Isle of Mull on the 1800 sailing ex Oban and they are working on repairs this evening.

Clyde:
Ali Cat
is still out of service today with possible gearbox problems. Jupiter continues sailing as per her timetable.
PICTURE: SoC Crew
Loch Alainn lying at Craignure this evening
 
02/07/07 Clyde:
Loch Alainn
finally set out from Gourock this morning at the start of her long journey to the Outer Hebrides. She passed the south eastern tip of Arran at around 1320 and will berth tonight at Craighouse on Jura. She is expected to take over from the Loch Bhrusda on Wednesday, becoming the dedicated Barra - Eriskay ferry.

The Ali Cat appears to be out of service today. The Company website (external link above) is advertising the passenger-only sailings as cancelled today.
 
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