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25/10/03 Lord of the Isles started the day at the railway pier in Oban later doing a 14.00 to Craignure. She will then will change over with Clansman there and will do the 17.00 with clansman berthing there overnight and will depart 10.30 Sunday morning for Stornoway. Isle of Lewis is due at Aberdeen on Monday morning.
 
22/10/03 Progress is well underway with MV Lochnevis, currently in Garvel dry dock. 
MV Coruisk departed this afternoon for Ferguson's Shipyard in Port Glasgow for clutch repairs.
 
19/10/03 MV Saturn transferred from Rothesay to Dunoon run this afternoon, swapping places with MV Juno (weekly roster changes are common for the streakers)
 
18/10/03 MV Lochnevis due to depart for the Clyde tomorrow at 07.00 for Garvel from Craignure. MV Hebridean Isles due at Kennacraig tonight 17.45 having left dry-dock, ready to begin the 12.50 roster tomorrow. MV Isle of Arran will remain berthed at Kennacraig till 12.00 Monday then sailing to Stornoway via Port Askaig.
 
14/10/03 Caledonian MacBrayne new vessel announcement...

Caledonian MacBrayne has welcomed confirmation by Minister of Transport, Nicol Stephen MSP, that it is to receive funding from the Scottish Executive for a new ship to service the Wemyss Bay to Rothesay route.

The new ship, which will cost £8.75million, will carry 62 cars and 450 passengers on CalMac’s busiest route, and will enter service in 2005. Tenders will be placed later in the year for the order to build the ship, which will replace one of the current Streakers servicing the route.

CalMac Managing Director Lawrie Sinclair, said, “The company is always delighted to be building new ships. Having introduced two others already in 2003, this is a welcome addition to the fleet. The Streakers have served us well and are now coming to the end of their working schedules. The new ship will be ideally suited to commuter traffic. The increased capacity will open up the island of Bute to many more people, and make the Central Belt more accessible to island residents.”

The new ship will carry nearly twice as many cars as the Streakers (36) and around 450 passengers. Mr Sinclair added: “This is the first step towards the development of a 21st century ferry service for the Wemyss Bay to Rothesay route. The new ship will effectively bring the island of Bute closer to the mainland, connecting the two communities. With better access to the rail and road network, I hope that the integration of services will lead to even more people using the route. We will obviously be delighted to see the traffic grow.”

As part of the consultation process involved in bringing the new ship design to fruition, CalMac will be conducting local meetings and the company is currently planning a questionnaire which will establish customers’ aspirations for on-board facilities. Mr Sinclair said: “It is important that everyone appreciates at the outset that there is a fixed budget for this project and that we have to achieve best value for money, while producing the most customer-friendly ship possible. I am very much looking forward to getting the project up and running and delighted to be starting the building process up again, so quickly after getting our two new ships into service this summer.”
 
13/10/03 Hebridean Isles has floated out of Garvel Dry-Dock today unaided and is due to resume service shortly.
 
11/10/03 Lochnevis is due at Garvel Dry Dock for overhaul on Monday 20th of October with Pioneer covering her. The Coruisk is due to take up the Mallaig - Armadale service on 2nd November. Before that she may appear up at Mallaig for berthing trials.
 
08/10/03 Isle of Lewis, Muirneag and Loch Portain didn't sail on Monday 6th owing to gales. Muirneag didn't sail Tuesday night either.
 
07/10/03 Isle of Lewis made the return trip from Ullapool to Stornoway today but couldn't return owing to 'trouble with the port engine'
At this moment they don't know if she'll be able to make her crossings tomorrow.
 
04/10/03 Loch Nevis will dry dock on the 19th October for about two weeks. Pioneer will cover the combined Small Isles / Mallaig- Armadale service.
 
01/10/03 MV Ali Cat will be out of service for a single sailing on Friday, October 3. The following sailing is cancelled:  Friday 3 October:  1745 ex Gourock and 1815 ex Dunoon. This change to the advertised timetable is to allow essential planned maintenance to take place.
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