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Isle of Mull came off the Oban - Craignure run at 1345 today and
handed over the service to Clansman as of the 1400 sailing. The Mull
ferry then left Oban at 1430 bound for Castlebay on a delayed 1340 sailing.
This was to allow Clansman to carry out a cattle sales sailing to
Tiree at 2000. Things didn't go according to plan however as the Mull
sailings were fully booked and the vessel was forced to use her mezzanine
deck which made her run late. The 1900 ex Craignure
Isle of Mull approaching Tobermory
Isle of Mull heading out past Kilchoan
eventually left at 1950.
Isle of Mull passed Tobermory at 1610, passing Loch Linnhe
which slowed to allow her to overtake.
Loch Bhrusda came off the Largs - Cumbrae Slip run this afternoon and
then made her way at 1535 north to Gourock where she is to lie at the wires
berth until next needed. Loch Riddon arrived back in Largs 40 minutes
after her relief cover departed.
Loch Bhrusda leaving for Gourock
Loch Riddon having arrived back at Largs
Loch Riddon left Gourock this morning and headed round to lie
opposite Ardmaleish while the slipway was readied for her arrival. She was
then slipped to have her leaking prop blade seal seen to.
Loch Riddon lying off Ardmaleish
Loch Riddon being slipped
Loch Tarbert was again diverted to Tarbert today. After completing
her schedule as normal until 1035 she then sailed at 1200 for Tarbert,
returning from the Kintyre port at 1400. This was then repeated with another
round trip from Arran at 1545 and Kintyre at 1730.
Loch Fyne saw some extra curricular activity this afternoon when she
was called upon to respond to a distress call. She was able to resume
service from 1745.
Loch Bhrusda stirred again today and made her way from Gourock at
1300 to Largs where she arrived 90 minutes later. She is to spend the next
few days covering for Loch Riddon which requires attention to some
defective Voith blade seals. Loch Bhrusda commenced service with the
1500 ex Largs. Loch Riddon then made her way north to Gourock where
she berthed at the wires.
Loch Riddon handing over to Loch Bhrusda and making
Loch Tarbert was unable to berth at Claonaig with the 0815 ex
Lochranza this morning and had to put back to Arran. Her 0930 sailing was
consequently diverted to Tarbert. The return sailing left at 1145 and she
reached her home base at 1325 and was able to resume her normal roster,
albeit 10 minutes behind schedule.
Lord of the Isles was delayed by approx 45 minutes this evening on
her Colonsay sailing. This was due to technical issues.
Loch Bhrusda moved from Rosneath to the wires at Gourock today as
part of her spare vessel role.
Isle of Lewis was running late this afternoon due to problems with
her bow visor. The 1345 ex Stornoway left at 1435 and the return leg from
Ullapool left at 1810, almost an hour late.
Caledonian Isles was running approx 45 minutes late today due to an
exceptionally low tide at Brodick on her first run of the morning. She was
forced to lie off the pier until there was sufficient water to allow her to
berth safely. As a result, Saturn carried all her booked traffic for
the 0900 additional run, plus a substantial amount of traffic which was
present, having checked in for the 0945 sailing. Saturn was also
running late due to the time taken to load all traffic at Ardrossan.
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