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30/09/04 Pioneer sits in James Watt Dock still, awaiting the journey to her new life. It is reported that her new name will be Brenda Corlett.

23/09/04 Hebridean Isles is due at Garvel on Tuesday 28th for her annual overhaul.

21/09/04 The Brodick - Ardrossan Service was back on service at 11.05 departing from Brodick to Ardrossan. The Rathlin - Ballycastle Service was affected by the adverse weather. The 1100 sailing from Rathlin and the 1200 sailing from Ballycastle were both cancelled in the interest of safety. The Chargehand at Fionnphort has advised that due to adverse weather forecast the Loch Buie's service may be liable to disruption and/or cancellation today. Due to the adverse weather the Chargehand at Tarbert - Portavadie Service has advised that this service will be suspended meantime . The situation will be reviewed at 1300hrs. Updates from CALMAC.
19/09/04 Caledonian Isles  had to divert to Gourock this evening due to strong winds making Ardrossan impossible to get into.
18/09/04 Movement has been sighted on Pioneer in JWD. It is believed that her new owners are now aboard and her radar is spinning away. It looks like it will be pretty soon for her departure to warmer climates...
  Loch Alainn was delayed by 15min at 11:15am today due to a large coach grounding the rear section on the slipway while boarding.
17/09/04 Northlink: Due to adverse weather conditions Hrossey arrived in Aberdeen 09:15 and is scheduled to depart Aberdeen at 19:00 sailing for Lerwick. Vehicle check-in is 17:00 - 18:00 Passenger boarding is 17:00 - 18:30.
  Loch Fyne out on trials, after getting some repair work done to her Voith-Schneider Propeller(s).. She will subsequently head north once trials are complete, letting Loch Riddon back to Largs
16/09/04 News Flash: Clansman abandoned her Barra call due to adverse weather conditions. She got as far as Tiree (12:50) and had to turn back. She is now taking refuge in the Sound of Mull. She will attempt a call back at Tiree again later today. Updates to follow from onboard reporter...
  Ardrossan-Brodick Service: Friday 17/09/04 Due to adverse weather conditions the (0700) from Ardrossan has been cancelled the (1920) from Brodick has also been cancelled. For further information please contact local port.
And finally...
Happy 30th Birthday to MV Juno. The second of the streakers was launched at Lamont's yard 30 years ago today.
15/09/04 Update: Loch Riddon covering Loch Fyne on Fishnish-Lochaline run. They must of swapped over between Coruisk returning and Loch Fyne proceeding to JWD. Bruernish is back at Largs, to help Loch Alainn at the busy times, in Loch Riddon's absence.

14/09/04 Hebridean Isles was off the Islay run today due to mechanical problems, Isle of Arran was covering the Port Askaig run in her place. Isle of Cumbrae was back at Tarbet-Portavadie, but no sign of the Loch Riddon at Largs. The Coruisk has arrived back at Mallaig, dispatching the Loch Fyne to the Clyde, for repairs. She arrived this afternoon. Not sure what boat is covering Fishnish-Lochaline, will update with details from Dave Wolstenholme who will be there tomorrow.

10/09/04 Coruisk sailed from JWD for Mallaig this afternoon via an overnight berth at Cambeltown. The Bruernish arrived at Largs today, to cover the Loch Riddon, she will then presumably go for overhaul and become spare on the Clyde.

09/09/04 Isle of Cumbrae is covering for Loch Fyne (Lochaline - Fishnish), with Loch Riddon covering Isle of Cumbrae (Tarbert - Portavadie).
Update: Lord of the Isles was only off service for Sunday sailing to Colonsay, she was back in service last (30/08/04) Monday night for a delayed sailing to Colonsay.
07/09/04 Coruisk has made a arrival on the Clyde for a new drive unit to be fitted. Covering for her on the Skye crossing is the super loch class Loch Fyne. She seems to be coping well with her duties on this crossing which normally sees on of the larger units operating on it. Its not the first time she's been dispatched for this service run. No reports on how long she will be there.

01/09/04 News Reporting for a year! Yes, last August / September saw the start of our Fleet News reporting which has become quite successful in its own right! We would like to thank all contributors of fleet news for the past year and hope to continue to bring you the latest news of events in the future. We have a team of dedicated local reporters that send updated reports as and when they happen.
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