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 DATE  NEWS
31/08/07 Clyde:
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.

Western Isles:
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.
 
30/08/07 Western Isles:
Raasay
left Corpach today to start the journey down to Rathlin. She is spending tonight in Oban.
 
29/08/07 Western Isles:
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.
 

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Raasay today: Heading out on trials - Returning to Corpach - Alongside in the basin

 
28/08/07 Western Isles:
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 the meantime.
 
27/08/07 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.
 
24/08/07 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 evening.
 
23/08/07 Clyde:
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.
 
20/08/07 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 meantime.

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Loch Bhrusda at Claonaig today

 
16/08/07 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.

Picture: SoC Crew
Loch Shira sailing alone today

 
15/08/07 Clyde:
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 her sailings.
 
13/08/07 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.

Western Isles:
Hebridean
Isles 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.
 
08/08/07 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.
 
07/08/07 Western Isles:
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 inflatable launches.
 
06/08/07 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.

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Raasay sitting on Corpach slip
 

 
04/08/07 Western Isles:
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.
 
01/08/07 Western Isles:
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.
 
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