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30/10/05 Loch Tarbert relieved the Isle of Cumbrae on the Tarbert - Portavadie / Lochranza winter timetable this morning.
28/10/05 Isle of Lewis is unable to sail tonight due to adverse weather conditions in the Minch, the Stornoway to Ullapool sailing at 13:45 and the Ullapool to Stornoway at 17:15 have been cancelled.
25/10/05 Lochnevis has left the Garvel Dry Dock and taken her place in the adjacent James Watt Dock near Lord of the Isles. There are only a few minor jobs to finish (including painting the word 'Caledonian' in white on her hull). Lord of the Isles is due in the dry dock in the next few days.
24/10/05 Lord of the Isles has arrived in the James Watt Dock, pending her annual overhaul. She has been carrying out MES (marine escape system) tests and has had her escape chutes deployed for crew training. Isle of Lewis is storm bound in Ullapool and did not make the 17:15 sailing. She will sail from Ullapool tomorrow morning at 04:30.
22/10/05 Chartered Small Isles relief ferry Ullin of Staffa was involved in the rescue of two fishermen off Eigg today after they abandoned their burning fishing boat Kalbarri. The chartered ferry picked the two crew members up from their inflatable liferaft before they were then airlifted by the coastguard helicopter to hospital on Skye. Regular Small Isles ferry Lochnevis is currently out of service undergoing her annual overhaul.
Loch Linnhe is now lying at Gourock's wires berth having sailed up this afternoon. It is rumoured that she will be taking over from Isle of Cumbrae on the winter Tarbert - Portavadie crossing until she goes to relieve Loch Ranza at Gigha. Presumably Loch Riddon will then take the Tarbert - Portavadie run.
17/10/05 Both Juno and Bute are running to normal schedules again this morning following earlier technical problems.
16/10/05 Juno was off service for much of today due to a breakdown - she spent most of the day tied up at Rothesay. She was back in service in time for the last couple of sailings. The reason for the breakdown is unclear as of yet, but the usual Sunday morning changeover between the Streakers didn't take place and the Saturn remains on the Gourock-Dunoon run where she spent last week. Bute coped manfully on her own during the Juno's absence.
15/10/05 Northlink: There have been several disruptions over the last 2 week in the Northern Isles due the high winds. The Hamanvoe on the Scrabster Stromness service has missed sailings while the Hrossey and Hjaltland have both arrived late at there respective ports of destination.

The NorthLink freight vessel Hascosay was utilised by the Streamline Shipping Group at the week end to ship 55x6 metre containers from Kirkwall to Aberdeen. Most of this cargo was loaded onto the weather deck of the Hascosay which was the result of Streamline's container ship handling an unusually large oil related cargo out of the Shetland Isles.

Meanwhile, and breaking news in the North. Irish Ferries (one of the three bidders tendering for the Northern Isles contract from NorthLink Ferries) have announced that they no longer have an interest in tendering for the contract. The exact details of this decision are at present vague. However this development leaves only two potential invited tenders for the contract: Caledonian MacBrayne, and V Ships.

12/10/05 Bruernish is now on the Tobermory - Kilchoan crossing. Raasay was seen from Lord of the Isles leaving the Sound of Mull and proceeding round Ardnamurchan Point bound for Mallaig where she is due to relieve Lochnevis from Friday afternoon. (Picture of Raasay to be added shortly).
Lord of the Isles made only the outward call at Colonsay this evening. Upon leaving Port Askaig she returned directly to Oban, her master giving the poor weather forecast as the reason for no call at Colonsay on the return leg.
09/10/05 Heavy weather hit again today forcing Lord of the Isles to abandon her Coll and Tiree sailing, having made only the outward call at Coll. Clansman cancelled her afternoon sailing to the Outer Isles and will instead be sailing at 0530 tomorrow morning. Isle of Mull came off the Craignure crossing this afternoon to be prepared for a private charter this evening. The Oban - Craignure sailing was taken by Isle of Arran. The evening sailing to Colonsay was cancelled although Isle of Arran will carry out a single journey to Colonsay before continuing on to Kennacraig tomorrow morning.
07/10/05 Isle of Arran arrived back in Oban Bay at 0745 this morning having completed her last relief run for Clansman which returned to service yesterday.
05/10/05 The Isle of Lewis was unable to sail this morning due to technical problems. She later sailed at 14:26, 40 minutes late.
04/10/05 Northlink: The deadline for completed tender bids to operate the Northern Isles lifeline ferry service has been put back by one month. Bids must now be submitted to the Scottish Executive by December 1st 2005. The initiation of the new contract is however still set to start from April 1st, 2006.
02/10/05 Loch Riddon left Gourock wires earlier today and made her way back up to Largs where she was reported to be lying at the outer berth. Presumably she will be seeing out the summer timetable as second ferry at Cumbrae, assisting Loch Alainn at peak times before going off on winter relief duties again.

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