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Loch Bhrusda is back in service, this time assisting the Loch
Shira on the Largs - Cumbrae crossing. She is on the secondary roster
due to the island anticipating a large influx of visitors over the weekend.
Isle of Mull left her usual roster this afternoon and sailed with
the delayed 1340 sailing to Castlebay and back. She is believed to have left
Oban at around 1500 on the long sail out across the Minch. She arrived at
Barra at around 2130 and will be back in Oban in the early hours.
Clansman took the Oban - Craignure sailings from 1400 onwards. Once she
had finished Mull duties, she then sailed for Tiree on an extra cattle
sailing. It is
anticipated that both vessels will return to their normal rosters tomorrow. Raasay sailed from Oban this morning, heading down to Rathlin where
she is to spend the next 3 weeks covering for Canna.
Raasay left Corpach today to start the journey down to Rathlin.
She is spending tonight in Oban.
Raasay underwent post-overhaul trials today. She left the pier at
Corpach yard before heading out into the loch, returning a while later. She
tied up in the basin by the entrance to the Caledonian Canal and is due to
leave for Rathlin shortly.
Raasay today: Heading out on trials -
Returning to Corpach - Alongside in the basin
Loch Buie left Fionnphort today bound for Corpach where she is to
undergo repairs to her stern ramp. She is due to leave the yard after the
weekend for the return
journey to Mull. Loch Riddon continues to provide cover at Iona in
Loch Riddon left the Clyde today and passed
through the Sound of Islay at 1630 heading north. She is heading for Iona
where she will provide relief for the Loch Buie from tomorrow, while
the regular ferry goes for repairs at Corpach.
Clyde: A reminder that Saturn will not be operating the
additional Ardrossan - Brodick service this weekend. She is instead
operating extra sailings to and from Dunoon alongside Jupiter over
the Cowal Games Weekend. She is expected to return to Arran on Monday
Loch Tarbert set sail from Gourock this morning, en route back to
Lochranza where she will take over from the Loch Bhrusda once more.
Loch Bhrusda will return to Fairlie to resume her spare role until
she is next required.
Clyde: Loch Tarbert sailed for Gourock and the wires this morning. She is
off service for three or four days receiving engine maintenance. Loch
Bhrusda will be handling all Claonaig - Lochranza sailings in the
Loch Bhrusda at Claonaig today
Clyde: Loch Riddon is out of service today and Loch Shira is carrying
out all sailings on a half-hourly timetable.
Western Isles: A press release has today revealed that Hebridean Isles
will be taken out of service and dry-docked from Thursday 6th September
until 11th September for her much-needed bow ramp repairs. This period has
been chosen after careful consideration of all forthcoming bookings. For
the duration of this period Isle of Arran will sail on the main roster
and those sailings marked 'A' in the timetable will not run. Anyone who
is affected by this situation is requested to contact CalMac directly.
Loch Shira sailing alone today
Loch Riddon was unable to carry vehicles from mid-morning today due
to a problem with one of her ramps. She continued through the day sailing
single-ended and carrying passengers only on departures xx00 and xx30 from
Largs (secondary roster) while Loch Shira carried all vehicles on
Clyde: A reminder that services to Arran will revert to the normal one-ship
timetable this coming Saturday as Saturn will probably be required
to carry out additional sailings on the Wemyss Bay - Rothesay route for
the Bute Highland Games weekend. She has done this in the last two summers
and will probably be back on the Arran run for Sunday morning. Loch Riddon
was running single ended today, suggesting a possible problem with one of
her ramps. she was on a passenger only service. Loch Shira was carrying
all cars between Largs and Cumbrae Slip.
HebrideanIsles continues to sail as a stern loader only. Repairs
to the bow ramp apparently cannot be carried out fully until the vessel
can be taken out of service - given that all sailings are departing fully
loaded at present would suggest that this will not be for some weeks yet.
Lord of the Isles
covered Clansman again today with the 0600 return to Tiree.
She then took the delayed 1340 sailing to Barra. Clansman
returned from Lochboisdale on the scheduled sailing and sat at Oban before
swapping back with Lord of the Isles tomorrow.
Isle of Lewis did not sail with the 0715 ex Stornoway this morning.
The return sailing at 1030 was accordingly cancelled due to the weather.
Lord of the Isles took the 1500 sailing to Tiree in lieu
of Clansman who later sailed to Tiree and on to Lochboisdale.
This was to allow Clansman to carry some cargo regarding
the re-surfacing of Tiree's Air strip.
Also... Caledonian MacBrayne have announced that they are selling two boats!
The vessels in question are the fibreglass lifeboats from Canna and
Eigg which were removed after their last overhauls and replaced with
Western Isles: Tonight's overnight freight sailing by Muirneag is cancelled
due to adverse weather. Raasay commenced her annual overhaul
on the slip at Corpach this morning. Her gantry mast has been completely
removed to allow her to fit into the shed at the yard. She is to be "Sand
Blasted" back to the steel before receiving a fresh coat of paint.
This has to be done to all ships every 10 coats of paint so they do not
get overweight which can cause problems when in rough weather etc. Once
her overhaul is complete, it is expected that she will follow last year's
routine of heading down to Rathlin to relieve the Canna.
Raasay sitting on Corpach slip
Lord of the Isles had to put in to Tobermory on her way out to
Lochboisdale this morning. This was due to a medical emergency onboard.
The vessel left the Mull port at 1050 and then ran an hour late for the
remainder of the day.
Raasay and Eigg changed duties this morning and the former
is now in service on the Oban - Lismore route. She will remain as such until
Saturday evening. This is so that crews can identify possible items to receive
attention in her forthcoming annual overhaul at Corpach. Eigg is
meanwhile lying at the spare berth adjacent to the slipway in Oban. Raasay
will sail for Corpach on Sunday and her overhaul will commence on Monday.