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 DATE  NEWS
29/09/05 Northlink: In predicable fashion the Hamnavoe has been using the Stromness linkspan Stern on for around the last week due to the persistent high winds. Switching the berthing operation actually changes the crossing times slightly for the route. If Bow first at Stromness and Stern at Scrabster (normal operation) the Stromness Scrabster leg is slightly longer as the vessel has to turn in each harbour, while no turning is required on the return leg.

Meanwhile, representatives from Caledonian MacBrayne are in the Northern Isles this week to finalise consultation details prior to submitting its bid to run the Northern Isles ferry service. The closing date for submitted bids are to returned to the Scottish Executive by November 1 2005.

 
28/09/05 Loch Riddon was spotted at Gourock , having spent last night there out of the weather. Raasay is apparently now in service on the Tobermory - Kilchoan service for the remainder of the summer timetable and then for the winter. There were no sailings on the Kilchoan route today due to technical problems and service is expected to resume from 1400 tomorrow.
Clansman
is due to arrive at Garvel Dry Dock tomorrow morning for what are believed to be rudder repairs. Isle of Arran will be covering Clansman's normal duties although there will be changes to the timings of her sailings as a result of her slower speed (see external link above for affected sailings). The Caledonian Isles was off this afternoon due to the passing storms.
 
24./09/05 Loch Linnhe appeared at Troon for repairs earlier this afternoon. It appears she suffered damage from a rope getting tangled earlier in the week. Presumably the Bruernish is still covering the Kilchoan crossing in her absence.
 
20/09/05 Bruernish is still in charge of the Tobermory - Kilchoan crossing. Loch Linnhe was spotted heading down the Sound of Mull by a passenger on Clansman in bound from Barra. The smaller ferry was overtaken off Craignure and is on her way for repairs.
 
16/09/05 Northlink: It is apparent that the chartered freight vessel Clare is suffering from a main engine problem. It is thought that the problem was discovered en-route from Aberdeen to Lerwick on Tuesday night. As a result the vessel did not sail from Lerwick on Wednesday night. This meant there was no freight cover for Hjaltland sailing from Aberdeen to Lerwick last night which seemed to cause a bit of a stir with the very senior management of the company with even the Chief Executive overseeing the progress of loading and departure. The Clare did sail from Lerwick eventually and arrived in Aberdeen around 4 am this morning. At this time the Hascosay was still on the Euro Link linkspan awaiting departure. When the Hascosay departed the Clare was then free to use the Euro Link. The Mathews Quay linkspan is currently not in service.
 
15/09/05 Loch Linnhe was spotted moored at the buoy in Tobermory Bay, out of service while Bruernish was taking the Tobermory - Kilchoan sailings.
 
14/09/05 Northlink: The Hamnavoe has reversed her berthing operation due to the high winds over Orkney at present, i.e. Stern at Stromness and Bow at Scrabster. Due to these winds the Hamnavoe arrived in Stromness almost an hour late (from her 8:45 Scrabster departure) as she could not get alongside the pier at Stromness.
 
13/09/05 Loch Linnhe was out of service today with technical problems. The external link above advised that a relief vessel will be taking the service up from 18:00 this evening. We assume this means an Island Class ferry is being taken up to Tobermory this afternoon to start relief work.

Elsewhere, adverse weather means that Muck is not receiving a visit from the Lochnevis today.

 
07/09/05 Northlink: Freight Ships

The Freight Ships started the Livestock season this week. Zebu Exepress arrived in Lerwick on Tuesday and will sail from Lerwick on Wednesday and Saturday, Kirkwall on Monday and layover for a day on Friday in Shetland. On Wednesday 14th she will do a special sailing from Unst.

Hascosay has switched rosters with Clare, seeing her sail from Aberdeen to Shetland on Wednesday and Friday and Kirkwall on Monday. She lays over in Lerwick on Saturday, sailing south on Sunday. Clare does the reverse, laying over in Aberdeen on Saturday and sailing on Sunday to Kirkwall, then in the early hours of Monday on to Shetland before returning south on Monday evening.

 
02/09/05 According to Calmac's website there appear to be problems on Juno this morning and she will be taken off the Wemyss Bay - Rothesay service at 1215 for repairs. Despite Jupiter being available but out of service, the Bute will be operating the route on her own through this afternoon.
Jupiter sailed from Gourock to Rosneath where she has tied up for winter lay-up.

Travellers to Oban are being advised to allow for delays whilst getting through the town to the ferry terminal due to roadworks currently underway. Sailings aren't delayed for late arriving vehicles.

On two Fridays this month, 9th and 30th, the Clansman will be operating an amended timetable on her return from the Outer Isles, leaving Castlebay at 1850 and calling at Lochboisdale (2020-2030) and finally arriving in Oban at 0130. This is to cater for livestock movements.
 
01/09/05 It is anticipated that the following will happen on the Clyde with regards to operations over the coming months: Jupiter is being laid up until March next year at Roseneath. Coruisk will run the Gourock - Dunoon winter service using the new Dunoon linkspan. Juno, in January will also be laid up until the summer season. The New Upper Clyde vessel will enter service next year joining her sister on the Rothesay run.

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