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 DATE  NEWS
30/11/07 WESTERN ISLES:
Loch Bhrusda
set out across the Minch this morning and is now back in service on the Sound of Barra. Loch Linnhe is now en route for Raasay and her next relief duty, covering Loch Striven. She will spend tonight at Mallaig.
 
29/11/07 CLYDE:
Isle of Mull
left JWD for trials and adjustments before berthing at Gourock at 1230 to collect crew cars. She then made for Ardrossan to undertake berthing trials and discharge the cars and she then sailed across to Brodick, exchanging places with Caledonian Isles in time to take over with the 1920 ex Brodick. Caledonian Isles then sailed north direct to JWD, where she arrived at around 2130.

WESTERN ISLES:
Loch Bhrusda
left Campbeltown this morning and made for Mull, berthing at Tobermory this evening.

SoC Forum; robbiem93
Isle of Mull unloading at Ardrossan this afternoon

 
28/11/07 CLYDE:
Loch Bhrusda
and Loch Buie now appear to be out of Ardmaleish Boat Yard after there annual overhaul. Loch Alainn was noted hovering nearby waiting to get in for her turn. She eventually went in sometime after 1300.
UPDATE:
Loch Buie is now sitting in Rothesay harbour and Loch Bhrusda made for Largs and then Campbeltown to pick up crew cars and for an overnight berth respectively. She is expected to head North for relief tomorrow.

Isle of Mull is to take on crew cars at Gourock tomorrow at 1140. She will then perform berthing trials at Ardrossan at 1515 and Brodick at 1700 in preparation to entering service on the Arran roster with the 1920 ex Brodick.
Caledonian Isles will discharge her load at 1855 at Brodick and head for Garvel dock where her annual overhaul will be carried out. She is expected to deploy her MES systems at 1100 on Friday, and remain in dock for 17-18 days for her overhaul.

Ardrossan - Brodick (Caledonian Isles):
Due to a high tide passengers arriving from Ardrossan on the 1230 & leaving on the 1350 had to use the car deck to board / alight the ferry.
 
27/11/07 CLYDE:
Isle of Mull is expected to take up the 1350 ex Brodick on Thursday from Caledonian Isles. She is also expected to perform trials tomorrow to finalise her preparation for the route, it will be the first time the Western Isles vessel has operated on this Clyde route.
 
26/11/07 CLYDE:
Isle of Mull continues to have work carried out on her stern ramp in JWD - a task that has been being carried out for the past few days.

COMPANY NEWS:


'Thousands Against Sunday Ferry' (external link, new window)
PICTURE: Allan Comrie
Workers on Isle of Mull today
 
25/11/07 CLYDE:
Loch Shira was back at Largs at c1200 today after receiving repairs. Loch Alainn departed at 1245 after swapping over with her larger counterpart at 1230 and headed straight for the Wires, Gourock arriving there at 1400.
PICTURE: Andycam
Loch Alainn and Loch Shira at Largs
 
24/11/07 WESTERN ISLES:
Isle of Arran diverted her 0700 sailing from Kennacraig this morning to Port Askaig instead of Port Ellen. She Docked at Port Askaig at 0945 then departed at 1008, this was due to adverse weather conditions.

Hebridean Isles:
UPDATE 1700:

Hebridean Isles
is currently off the Garvellach Isles. It appears that she travelled via the Sound of Sleat and then Sound of Mull probably due to the bad weather.
UPDATE 2000:
Hebridean Isles
arrived at Port Ellen tonight at 1923 where she will spend the night. She will then depart at 0800 tomorrow bound for Kennacraig where she will berth until her 1800 sailing tomorrow night.
Isle of Arran is due to do the timetabled sailings tomorrow then finish off in Kennacraig tomorrow night. She will then depart Kennacraig at 0700 Sunday morning bound for Port Ellen where she will take up her 0945 sailing to Kennacraig and will do the 1300 sailing to Port Askaig then finish up at Kennacraig on Sunday Night.
Monday 26th November the Islay timetable will be back to normal.
 
  CLYDE:
Caledonian Isles
appears to have suffered some kind of engine failure and had problems berthing at Ardrossan today. She eventually berthed safely at the mainland terminal on the 1350 sailing. It is possible she lost her bow thrusters & nudged into the pier before berthing. After attempting to rectify the malfunction it was decided to cancel any remaining sailings for today.
PICTURE: Andycam
Loch Shira at the Wires today
 
23/11/07 Hebridean Isles is expected to depart Aberdeen at 0900 this morning. However as of 0930 she was still moored near Pocra Quay with newly arrived ex fleet mate Claymore.
UPDATE 1800:
Hebridean Isles
departed Aberdeen today bound for Port Ellen her ETA is tomorrow night where she will berth overnight. She will then depart at 0700 Sunday morning bound for Kennacraig and remain there until her timetabled 1800 to Port Ellen that evening.
Isle of Arran will perform the timetabled sailings tomorrow, she will then finish off in Kennacraig tomorrow night. She is then expected to depart Kennacraig at 0700 Sunday morning bound for Port Ellen where she will take up her 0945 sailing to Kennacraig. She will also do the 1300 sailing to Port Askaig then finish up at Kennacraig on Sunday Night.
Monday 26th November the Islay timetable will be back to scheduled.

WESTERN ISLES:

There are numerous expected disruptions due tomorrow as a result of forecasted adverse weather. Please check the official disruptions page above for further updates.

Ullapool - Stornoway (Isle of Lewis):
Isle of Lewis remained in Ullapool last night due to adverse weather, as a result the 0715 sailing from Stornoway this morning has been cancelled.

Ullapool - Stornoway Freight (Muirneag):
The overnight freight service from Stornoway - Ullapool tonight & return tomorrow morning has been cancelled due to adverse weather.

CLYDE:
Saturn (currently on layup at Rosneath) is in the process of running her engines and making a lot of smoke as of 0950 this morning. Updates on her movements (if any) to follow.
UPDATE 1900:
No reported movements.

Isle of Mull was noted receiving attention to her stern ramp today while she nears completion of her annual overhaul in JWD. She also has a new radar set fitted in the shape of Sperry Marine similar to Saturn's.

Loch Alainn tested her fast recovery craft this afternoon at Largs launching while she sat at the slipway.

Ardrossan - Brodick (Caledonian Isles):
Caledonian Isles is berthing in Brodick tonight due to adverse weather. Therefore the 0700 departure from Ardrossan tomorrow has been cancelled.
The first sailing, weather permitting from Ardrossan tomorrow will be 0945.


NORTHLINK FERRIES:
Aberdeen - Kirkwall (Hatston) - Lerwick (Hjaltland, Hrossey):
Hrossey
departed directly for Lerwick at 1650 yesterday evening omitting her call at Kirkwall due to severe weather conditions. She is expected to arrive in Lerwick c0730 this morning.
Therefore the next call at Kirkwall will be Hrossey tonight at 2300 en-route from Lerwick - Kirkwall - Aberdeen.
 
22/11/07 Hebridean Isles is due to depart Aberdeen tomorrow morning bound for Kennacraig after completing her annual overhaul. It is estimated to take her between 34 & 36 hours to complete the voyage round the North coast of Scotland (weather dependant).

WESTERN ISLES:

Ullapool - Stornoway Freight (Muirneag):
It appears the overnight freight service ran last night but is subject to heavy delays on retuning this morning due to adverse weather.

Ullapool - Stornoway (Isle of Lewis):
All sailings have been cancelled for today due to adverse weather.
Isle of Lewis will remain in Ullapool tonight, as a result the 0715 sailing from Stornoway tomorrow is also cancelled.
Please call Stornoway or Ullapool office for further details or see link above for official updates.

Mallaig - Eigg - Muck - Rum - Canna (Lochnevis):
All sailings disrupted today due to adverse weather.

 Kennacraig - Port Ellen / Port Askaig (Isle of Arran):
Isle of Arran diverted her 1300 sailing from Kennacraig to Port Ellen today. She arrived at Port Ellen at 1545 then departed at 1615 she was 45mins late due to adverse weather and volume of traffic.
 
  CLYDE:
Isle of Mull is due to relieve Caledonian Isles as of Monday 26/11/07 on the Ardrossan - Brodick roster for an estimated three weeks. This will allow the regular Arran vessel to receive her annual overhaul. Normally the relief is provided by the Outer Isles vessel Clansman but in a first the Mull vessel will stand in.

Isle of Cumbrae arrived at Largs this afternoon c1345 and briefly unloaded crew cars before heading to Rosneath for her winter layup with Juno and Saturn.
PICTURE: Gerry Degan
Isle of Mull in JWD today
 
NORTHLINK FERRIES:
Scrabster - Stromness (Hamnavoe):
Hamnavoe
took the alterative route from Scrabster- Stromness this morning. She sailed round the East side of Hoy as appose to the West side and past the Old Man of Hoy. This route is much more sheltered than the East side but slightly increases the passage time between ports. She sailed back via the usual East side on he return.
UPDATE 1330:

Hamnavoe departed Scrabster at 1325 and is expected in Stromness at 1455.
As a result of adverse weather the next sailing will be:
1645 dep Stromness
1815 arr Scrabster
PICTURE: AIS
Hamnavoe's position at 1500
Track: blue south | green north
  UPDATE 1350:
Hamnavoe
is again retuning via the East side of Hoy as noted above to Stromness.
UPDATE 1550:
Hamnavoe
arrived in Stromness Bay at 1520 and is expected to depart at 1645 with a arrival at Scrabster of 1815.
UPDATE 2000:
Hamnavoe
spent the rest of the day heading North via the East side of Hoy and South via the West.


Aberdeen - Kirkwall (Hatston) - Lerwick (Hjaltland, Hrossey):
Hrossey
arrived in Aberdeen at 0710 this morning and is scheduled to depart directly for Lerwick at 1700 omitting her call at Kirkwall due to severe weather conditions.
Therefore the next call at Kirkwall will be tomorrow at 2300 from Lerwick - Kirkwall - Aberdeen.
Hjaltland departed Lerwick at 1900 sailing directly for Aberdeen.

Aberdeen - Kirkwall (Hatston) - Lerwick Freight (Hascosay, Clare):
UPDATE 1100:

Clare is currently en route for Lerwick, upon her ETA of 1400 she will not return as scheduled at 1800 to Aberdeen due to adverse weather predicted.
Hascosay arrived in Aberdeen at 0752 this morning and is expected to sail at 1800 directly for Lerwick.
 
21/11/07 WESTERN ISLES:
Loch Bhrusda
left Ardmhor, Barra at 0950 this morning - destination unknown but it is anticipated she is heading South.

Isle of Cumbrae has now left Tobermory and is currently heading for an overnight berth at Craighouse, Jura. Raasay is now on the Tobermory - Kilchoan roster having been awaiting her turn patiently at the buoy.

Ullapool - Stornoway Freight (Muirneag):
UPDATE 1000:
Muirneag
was entering Loch Broom Ullapool bound at c0315 and was returning mid-Minch at c0630 and arrived in Stornoway at c0815 this morning.
The overnight freight service from Stornoway - Ullapool tonight & return tomorrow morning has been cancelled due to adverse weather.

CLYDE:
UPDATE 1030:
Isle of Mull has just departed Garvel dry dock in the past 30mins and moved to the wet dock.

PAST FLEET NEWS:
ex CalMac ship Claymore, now owned by Pentland Ferries has today sailed from Gills Bay to Aberdeen for a passenger certificate survey and minor overhaul rumoured to be in anticipation for her to operate the revised Campbeltown - Ballycastle service.
 
20/11/07 WESTERN ISLES:
Loch Linnhe arrived at Barra today to relieve the Loch Bhrusda. The smaller ship arrived at 1500 this afternoon and both vessels berthed at Ardmhor, Barra while crews prepared the vessels for there appropriate duties. Loch Bhrusda is due to leave Ardmhor tomorrow morning.

Isle Of Arran arrived at Port Askaig at 1520 this afternoon and departed at 1546 due to a strong tide against her on her way into Port Askaig. There was also a large volume of traffic for the sailing.


TERMINALS:
 Oban:
The new linkspan at Oban was used by Lord of the Isles today on returning from Craignure at 1540 and again on the outward at 1600.
The new passenger gangway was not used, instead foot passengers boarded the vessel using stern ramp.
PICTURE: Ronnie MacNeill
Loch Bhrusda & Loch Linnhe
at Ardmhor, Barra today

PICTURE: Clipper
Lord of the Isles at the new berth
 
19/11/07 WESTERN ISLES:
Clansman trailed the new linkspan berth at Oban today. She berthed bow in.

 Kennacraig - Port Ellen / Port Askaig (Isle of Arran):
Due to Adverse Weather the additional 1800 sailing tonight and the return sailing at 0415 tomorrow from Port Ellen have been cancelled.
Normal Service will resume as per timetable tomorrow.
 
PICTURE: Clipper
Clansman at the new berth today
  Saturn has had a brand new, larger and much more sophisticated main radar unit in the shape of a Sperry Marine fitted during her overhaul. Jupiter and Juno still have old ones. A lot of the fleet are due to receive new radar units this year, one reason being upgrades from CRT Displays to Flat Panel. Lord of the Isles had two new Furuno Radars fitted at her recent dry docking, the new 'S' band being quite different from the old Decca one. Isle of Mull will also receive new ones at this overhaul docking. It is unsure what kind though. It is possible that hers will not be Furunos to give the company a comparison between two different kinds.

CLYDE:
Saturn has been temporarily fitted with ribbons attached to her guide wires on her masts while she is in her lay up period. This is to help stop birds / gulls messing on her decks.
PICTURE: Robbie Mathieson
Saturn's Sperry Marine radars

PICTURE: SoC Crew
Saturn's new radar & ribbons
 
18/11/07 CLYDE:
SoC
LIVE UPDATE 1320:
Loch Alainn
and Loch Dunvegan are currently changing over at Rhubodach. Loch Alainn is due to head down to Largs later this afternoon to relieve the Loch Shira, while the latter goes up to Gourock for repairs.
Lock Alainn and Loch Shira have now changed rosters at Largs, the latter will now presumably make for repairs at the Wires, Gourock. It is thought that possible shaft alignment corrections and minor deck work is expected but not confirmed during this period.
PICTURE: Andycam
Lochs Alainn & Shira today
 
  COMPANY NEWS:
Independent Market Research to be Carried out Onboard Ferry on Stornoway - Ullapool Service

Caledonian MacBrayne has received a number of representations from certain groups wishing to see a change to the ferry timetable on Saturdays, requesting, in particular, the opportunity to return later from the mainland on Saturday evenings.
Consultation meetings have been held with various groups and with the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar but, to sound out the views of the wider community, Caledonian MacBrayne has engaged the services of an independent market research company whose staff will be travelling on MV “Isle of Lewis” this Saturday, 17 November, and for the following three consecutive Saturdays.
In addition to the current timetable, two suggested alternative timetables are being investigated, one involving a later start on Saturday mornings from Stornoway and one altering the times of Saturday afternoon sailings. No changes would take place without detailed consultation with connecting coach operators to ensure that their services would be adjusted to suit.
Caledonian MacBrayne welcomes the opportunity, now that the new contract has been signed, to consider such requests from communities in order to continue to improve timetables where possible.
Source: CalMac (external link, new window)
 
17/11/07 WESTERN ISLES:
Loch Linnhe departed Campbeltown today, heading round the Mull of Kintyre and North to Craignure this evening to spend the night then presumably onto Barra.
UPDATE:
Loch Tarbert is to relieve Loch Bhrusda early in 2008. Loch Linnhe was not due to go to Barra at all this winter, as she can only carry 12 cars and they ideally need an 18-car vessel. She's also no longer due to relieve at Raasay. It is now expected that Loch Riddon will be doing that once she is able to get away from Iona relief. It is therefore thought that Loch Linnhe is on her way to cover the Loch Bhrusda and allow her away either for maintenance or to cover on the Sound of Harris.

Fionnphort - Iona (Loch Riddon):
UPDATE 1000:
May be liable to disruption / delays due to adverse weather.
 
 

CLYDE:
Loch Alainn and Loch Dunvegan are due to change places tomorrow on the Kyles of Bute crossing. The later returning from her annual overhaul.
Loch Alainn will then go to spend the next 10 days or so on the Largs - Cumbrae run. Loch Shira will go to the wires for repairs.

Saturn and Juno continue to lie at Rosneath jetty. Saturn in a reserve mode for Clyde emergencies and Juno lied up awaiting her inevitable future.

Ardrossan - Brodick (Caledonian Isles):
May be liable to disruption / delays due to adverse weather.

PICTURE: SoC Forum, Saturn
Loch Alainn's novel hose reel

PICTURE: Bob Sharp
Saturn & Juno at Rosneath
 
16/11/07 CLYDE:
Loch Linnhe appeared at Rothesay, Bute last night and spend the morning receiving minor repairs to her ramps via welding. She then departed again for an overnight berth at Campbeltown.
PICTURE: SoC Forum, Saturn
Loch Linnhe at Rothesay
 
15/11/07 CLYDE:
Loch Dunvegan is now moored at the Wires in Gourock awaiting her return to service after her overhaul. She left JWD around 1345 and reached Gourock about half an hour later.
PICTURE: SoC Forum, Buff Funnels Forever
Loch Dunvegan at Gourock
 
13/11/07 WESTERN ISLES:
Loch Buie departed Craignure this morning at 0800 heading south for her overhaul. She was meant to spend the night at Kennacraig but she is now at Gigha. She will head round the Mull of Kintyre tomorrow morning.

 Uig - Tarbert (Hebrides):
1330 Tarbert - Uig sailing has been delayed by 30 minutes due to an earlier delay

 Oban - Craignure (Lord of the Isles):
SoC LIVE UPDATE 1300:
Lord of the Isles is currently running 20min late due to high winds.

 

PICTURE: SoC Crew
 SoC Live  Loch Buie at Craignure this morning

CLYDE:
It appears that one of Hebridean Isles lifeboats has made the long road trip back from Aberdeen to the Clyde. The vessel is currently undergoing her annual overhaul in the North Eastern port and left Islay with it onboard. The fast recovery craft was sighted on the back of a trailer heading down the main road through Gourock towards CalMac HQ at the Pier.

RATHLIN FERRIES:
Ballycastle - Rathlin (Canna):
Due to adverse weather conditions the following sailings have been cancelled:
1500 ex Rathlin - Ballycastle
1600 ex Ballycastle - Rathlin

COMPANY NEWS:
HOPES GROW FOR FERRY SERVICE TO OUTER ISLES
Hopes are high that the ferry link between Mallaig and Lochboisdale could be renewed after a lapse of over thirty years. A new steering group including representatives of both Mallaig and Uist is at present being set up to push for the service to Lochboisdale in South Uist.
Residents of Uist as well as Lochaber are very much in favour of the re-establishment of the route, which would cut travelling time considerably. The steering group will consist of MSPs and MPs, Community Councillors, Transport Executives and representatives amongst others.
Fergus Ewing MSP has already had a positive meeting with Caledonian MacBrayne at the beginning of the month and the group have now arranged to talk to Scottish Minister for Transport, Stewart Stevenson, before the end of the month.
They are still researching facts and figures in an attempt to find out why the service was not included in the new contract awarded to CalMac earlier this year, when the communities on both sides of the water have made their desires for the service known. The link would save up to three hours travelling time. The route from Oban takes over 5 hours and from Mallaig it would last just over 2 hours. The extra road time from Glasgow is only 30 minutes or so and the improvements intended for the A830, the A82 and at Crianlarich will make it an easier journey.
Source: Road to the Isles Online (external link, new window)
 
12/11/07 WESTERN ISLES:
Loch Riddon arrived at Fionnphort at 1025 this morning allowing the regular vessel Loch Buie to make for Ardmaleish and her annual overhaul. Loch Buie fuelled then left at 1115 heading north. She is spending tonight at Craignure before heading south for the Clyde tomorrow.

CLYDE:
Isle of Mull vacated JWD sometime mid morning today and lay off of Greenock Esplanade for a while. Once the Loch Dunvegan had vacated gravel Dry Dock and berthed in the JWD, the Isle of Mull entered dry-dock at 1250 / 1300.

Saturn departed the Wires (Gourock HQ) at 1230 for Rosneath, with Jupiter duly restored to service on the Gourock - Dunoon roster after repairs.

PICTURE: SoC Crew
 SoC LIVE  Lochs Buie & Riddon
changing at Fionnphort 1030
 
NORTHLINK FERRIES:
Aberdeen - Hatston - Lerwick (Hjaltland, Hrossey):
Sailings delayed.
Hjaltland
departed Kirkwall at 0045 and arrived in Lerwick at 0725.
The next scheduled departure from Kirkwall will be the 2345 sailing to Aberdeen on Wednesday 14 November.
 
11/11/07 Hebridean Isles passed through the Pentland Firth en route to Aberdeen at 0740 this morning. She is expected at Aberdeen c1600 this afternoon to commence her annual overhaul.
UPDATE 1640:
After loading the pilot Hebridean Isles was in Aberdeen Harbour by 1630.

WESTERN ISLES:
 Kennacraig - Port Ellen / Port Askaig (Isle of Arran):
Additional 1800 sailings on Monday 12 &19th November and Thursday 15 & 22nd November from Kennacraig and also additional 0415 sailings on Tuesday 13 & 20th November & Friday 16 & 23rd November from Port Ellen.
Due to the ongoing pier work at Port Askaig all 1800 sailings from Kennacraig will operate to Port Ellen.

CLYDE:
Isle of Mull
passed both the Island of Bute and her fleet  mate Bute at 0815 this morning inbound for Greenock to commence her annual overhaul. Lord of the Isles is now performing her sailings out of Oban.
SoC LIVE UPDATE 0925:
Isle of Mull has just arrived at Gourock HQ after sailing directly from Oban overnight.
Later in the morning she deployed her side cute and fast rescue craft for testing purposes.
 
  PICTURE: Andycam PICTURE: Robbie Mathieson PICTURE: Andycam
A few shots of various movements around the Clyde today
1) Jupiter & Saturn at Gourock   2) Isle of Mull just arrived in JWD   3) Coruisk and IoM in JWD
 
TERMINALS:
Kennacraig:
UPDATE on 04/11/07 News Report.
Following the landslip on the A83 between Arrochar and Cairndow at Rest and be Thankful (Marked RED on map), the road has now been cleared in one direction and is open to traffic. It is however traffic lighted and single carriageway so passengers heading for Islay still need to take a little extra time to reach the terminal.
 
10/11/07
As part of the Island class overhaul it appears the car decks are being sprayed and coated with a non slip surface as found on some of the larger fleet's passenger decks. Loch Riddon is the latest example of this safety initiative.
 
WESTERN ISLES:
Hebridean Isles departed Kennacraig this Morning bound for Aberdeen her ETA at the Eastern port is 1600 on Sunday 11th November.
Isle of Arran has taken up the Hebridean Isles roster for the Islay Run.
 
Lord of the Isles is due to relieve Isle of Mull at 1600 on Saturday. Lord of the Isles will take the 1600 to Craignure while Isle of Mull will then move to Craignure until 2200 before leaving for the Clyde. Her ETA for Gourock is currently 0900 Sunday.

 Kennacraig - Port Ellen / Port Askaig (Isle of Arran):
SERVICE REMINDER:

1720 Monday ex Kennacraig - Port Askaig
0700 Tuesday ex Port Askaig - Kennacraig
These sailings will operate to and from Port Ellen until further notice due to the ongoing Pier Work at Port Askaig.
 
 
CLYDE:
SoC LIVE UPDATE 1315:
Loch Alainn
is now in Rothesay Bay and beginning to make her way to Rhubodach after repairs to free a trapped object at Ardmaleish boat yard.
SoC LIVE UPDATE 1415:
Loch Riddon is now leaving Rhubodach after swapping over with Loch Alainn and heading out through the narrows possibly for Lochranza or Campbeltown.
 
PICTURE: Saturn
Loch Alainn & Loch Riddon
changing at Bute today
 
 Gourock - Dunoon (Jupiter, AliCat, Relief: Saturn):
UPDATE 0845:
Vehicle sailings cancelled for today due to technical reasons.
Jupiter left Gourock on her first roistered sailing to Dunoon at 0650 but suffered problems en-route and returned light to Gourock at 0800 after berthing at Dunoon.
passenger only service will be resumed on arrival of the AliCat.
UPDATE 1000:
AliCat has now arrived and as a result the service is currently operating as passenger only. Jupiter's crew have secured her alongside CalMac HQ and have journeyed across to Rosneath (presumibly on the Kilcreggan ferry) to make ready Saturn. Saturn then left Rosneath at 1155 and would appear to be going to replace her older fleet mate.
UPDATE 1230:
AliCat performed the 1020, 1120 and the 1220 Gourock - Dunoon passenger only.
UPDATE 1300:
Saturn appears to be on station now as of 1230 to provide vehicle traffic with a crossing. She left Gourock at c1325 en route for Dunoon.
Normal service resumed.
 
09/11/07 All passenger sailing are now back on schedule after yesterdays cancelations due to adverse weather.

WESTERN ISLES:
Hebridean Isles
arrived in at Port Ellen at 2030 tonight, she will depart at 0415 tomorrow bound for Kennacraig. She will then lye at Kennacraig until she departs for dry dock.
Isle of Arran will depart Kennacraig at 0700 bound for Port Ellen, she will then commence the winter Hebridean Isles roster.

Ullapool - Stornoway Freight (Muirneag):
Tonight's sailing may be cancelled due to adverse weather in the Minch.

CLYDE:
Loch Alainn
departed Gourock at 0900 bound for Ardmaleish boat yard where she will undergo her annual overhaul. She had to wait for about an hour outside while the Corran Ferry Corran made ready for her departure.
Lord of the Isles is still in James Watt Dock this morning at 1145 after her overhaul. It is expected she will leave tonight at the latest and journey direct to Oban to relieve the Isle of Mull.
UPDATE 1600:
Lord of the Isles departed JWD around 1400 and was noted passing Wemyss Bay at 1500 heading south. She is now passing Brodick on Arran with a eta to Oban of 0200 tomorrow.
 
  NORTHLINK FERRIES:
All passenger sailing are now back on schedule after yesterdays cancelations due to adverse weather.

Aberdeen - Hatston - Lerwick Freight (Hascosay, Clare):

Hascosay arrived in Aberdeen at 0428 yesterday morning, her estimated time of Departure is 0900 this morning with an ETA in Lerwick of 2200 this evening. Loading was commenced last night in anticipation of this departure. Clare arrived in Lerwick at 0810 yesterday and has a estimated time of departure of 0700 to 0800 hours this morning dependant on ongoing weather conditions. Loading was due to commence yesterday afternoon in anticipation of this departure.

PICTURE: Stromness Webcam
Hamnavoe arriving in a slightly calmer Stromness
1045 this morning
 
08/11/07 Due to gale force winds resulting in adverse weather conditions on the West Coast and in the Northern Isles, most of today's sailings have been disrupted or cancelled.
Main List Updated at 1000, further updates as annotated.

WESTERN ISLES:

Ullapool - Stornoway (Isle of Lewis):
All sailings cancelled today due to adverse weather in the Minch.

Ullapool - Stornoway Freight (Muirneag):
All sailings cancelled today due to adverse weather in the Minch.

Berneray - Leverburgh (Loch Portain):
Due to adverse weather conditions the following sailings have been cancelled:
0800 ex Berneray - Leverburgh
0920 ex Leverburgh to Berneray
Will review afternoon sailings at 1300 today.
UPDATE 1230:
Due to continuing adverse weather conditions all sailings have been cancelled today.

Barra - Eriskay (Loch Bhrusda):
Due to adverse weather conditions the following sailings have been cancelled:
0715 ex Barra - Eriskay
0820 ex Eriskay - Barra
0925 ex Barra - Eriskay
1030 ex Eriskay - Barra
The next review for this service will take place at approx 1200.
UPDATE 1200:
Due to continuing adverse weather conditions the following sailings have been cancelled:
1230 ex Barra - Eriskay
1410 ex Eriskay - Barra
UPDATE 1530:
Due to continuing adverse weather conditions all sailings have been cancelled today.

Mallaig - Armadale (Lochnevis):
This service is currently suspended due to adverse weather conditions, the situation will be reviewed at 1400.
UPDATE 1400:
Due to continuing adverse weather conditions the following sailings have been cancelled:
1600 ex Mallaig - Armadale

Mallaig - Eigg - Muck - Rum - Canna (Lochnevis):
All sailings cancelled today due to adverse weather.

Tobermory - Kilchoan (Raasay):
Cancelled due to adverse weather, update due at 1500.
UPDATE 1530:
Due to continuing adverse weather conditions all sailings have been cancelled today.

Lochaline - Fishnish (Loch Fyne):
Disrupted / delayed due to adverse weather.
The next attempt will be at 1045 ex Lochaline and 1110 ex Fishnish.

Fionnphort - Iona (Loch Buie):
This service is currently suspended due to adverse weather conditions, the situation will be reviewed at 1200.

Oban - Craignure (Isle of Mull):
Isle of Mull
is currently berthed at Craignure.
Due to adverse weather conditions the following sailings have been cancelled:
1100 ex Craignure - Oban
1200 ex Oban - Craignure
The situation will be reviewed at 1230.
UPDATE 1400:
Due to continuing adverse weather conditions the following sailings have been cancelled:
1300 ex Craignure - Oban
1400 ex Oban - Craignure
The situation will be reviewed at 1430 for a possible departure from Craignure at 1500.
UPDATE 1530:
Isle of Mull departed Craignure bound for Oban at 1525 and is currently en route for the mainland.
 
Kennacraig - Port Ellen / Port Askaig (Hebridean Isles, Isle of Arran):
Hebridean Isles
arrived at Port Ellen this morning at 0945, 25mins late due to adverse weather. She departed at 0955.
Isle of Arran departed Port Ellen this afternoon at 1420 due to adverse weather.
Hebridean Isles diverted her 1300 sailing to Port Ellen this afternoon due to adverse weather plus the swell in the sound.
 

PICTURE: SoC Crew
Hebridean Isles departing
a windy Port Ellen today
  Tayinloan - Gigha (Loch Ranza):
UPDATE 1420:
Due to adverse weather conditions Loch Ranza departed Gigha at 1405 if she is able to land at Tayinloan she will then depart Tayinloan again at 1430 back to Gigha where the will tie up for the remainder of today.
Cancelled sailings:
1500 ex Tayinloan - Gigha
1530 ex Gigha - Tayinloan
1635 ex Tayinloan - Gigha
1705 ex Gigha - Tayinloan
1735 ex Tayinloan - Gigha
Normal Service will resume as per timetable tomorrow, weather permitting.
 
  CLYDE:
Lord of the Isles
is due to depart James Watt Dock, Greenock tomorrow morning at c1100 (weather dependant).
She is expected to sail direct to Oban with no calls at company HQ in Gourock as is the usual fro such overhaul completions.

Ardrossan - Brodick (Caledonian Isles):
This service is currently suspended due to adverse weather conditions, the situation will be reviewed at 1500.
UPDATE 1330:
There will be a 1515 sailing from Ardrossan to Brodick.
The 1640 departure from Brodick and the remainder of the sailings today may be subject to disruption or cancellations due to adverse weather conditions.
UPDATE 1500:
Crew at Ardrossan are about to attempt to fit four sailings of bookings on to one boat for a 1515 departure.
Bookings have now closed for tomorrow suggesting that the weather is not particularly optimistic for tomorrow. Sailings are also presumably backlogged from today.

Wemyss Bay - Rothesay (Bute, Argyle):
Most sailings today have been liable to slight disruption / delays due to adverse weather.

Largs - Cumbrae (Loch Shira, Loch):
UPDATE 1200:

May be liable to disruption / delays due to adverse weather.

RATHLIN FERRIES:
Ballycastle - Rathlin (Canna):
All sailings cancelled today due to adverse weather.
 

PICTURE: Andycam
Caledonian Isles made fast at Ardrossan today

PICTURE:
 SoC Live  Ferry traffic at 1600 in Brodick awaiting the Caley Isles

PICTURE:
Loch Shira battling on today
  NORTHLINK FERRIES:
Kirkwall (Hatston) - Lerwick (Hjaltland):
Due to severe weather conditions the 2345 sailing has been cancelled.
Further sailings are under review.

Aberdeen - Hatston - Lerwick (Hjaltland):
Hjaltland
arrived in Aberdeen at 0645 this morning.
Due to severe weather conditions the 1700 sailing has been cancelled.
Further sailings are under review.

Lerwick - Hatston - Aberdeen (Hrossey):
Hrossey
arrived in Lerwick at 0730 this morning.
Due to severe weather conditions the 1900 sailing has been cancelled.
Further sailings are under review.

Scrabster - Stromness (Hamnavoe):
Hamnavoe is currently berthed in Stromness.
All sailings cancelled today due to adverse weather.

PAST FLEET NEWS:
On this day in 2005,
Craignure gangway was damaged last night resulting in passengers boarding / alighting via the car deck ramps on the Oban - Craignure crossing. And in 2003, it was reported in today's Herald that CalMac are to abolish the position of Purser on their vessels.
 
07/11/07 WESTERN ISLES:
Ullapool - Stornoway (Isle of Lewis):
UPDATE 1100:

There is the possibility off a disruption to service tomorrow due to adverse weather predicted in the Minch.

Ullapool - Stornoway Freight (Muirneag):
UPDATE 1100:

Freight service from Stornoway - Ullapool & return on 07/11/2007 has been cancelled due to adverse weather.
 
  CLYDE:
Loch Riddon was back on her original route at Colintraive today covering for Loch Alainn. Loch Alainn has suffered a tangled rope or similar around her machinery and is currently at Gourock for repairs.
PICTURE: SoC Forum, Saturn
Loch Riddon at Rhubodach Today
  NORTHLINK FERRIES:
Scrabster - Stromness (Hamnavoe):
Early sailings disrupted due to weather, see yesterdays news for details.
UPDATE 0930:
Route running to schedule
Hamnavoe is currently berthed in Stromness.
The next scheduled sailing is due to depart Stromness at 1100 to arrive in Scrabster at 1230. 
 
06/11/07 WESTERN ISLES:
Raasay sailed today from Port Askaig at 1235 bound for Tobermory and is due to arrive near 1930 tonight. She has completed her brief charter for the Eilean Dhiura at Jura. (See Yesterdays News)

NORTHLINK FERRIES:
Scrabster - Stromness (Hamnavoe):
Hamnavoe departed Scrabster at 1930 and is expected to arrive in Stromness at 2100 this evening.
Due to adverse weather conditions and in the interest of passenger safety and comfort, the following sailings have been cancelled on Wednesday 7th November (tomorrow):
0630 ex Stromness - Scrabster
0845 ex Scrabster - Stromness
The following sailings are under review and a decision will be made at 0800:
1100 ex Stromness - Scrabster
1315 ex Scrabster - Stromness
Vehicle and Passenger check-in still opens 90 minutes prior to departure and closes 30 minutes prior to departure.
 
05/11/07 WESTERN ISLES:
Raasay arrived at Port Askaig at 1300 today for a brief charter to take up the Port Askaig - Jura ferry run for the regular Council owned vessel Eilean Dhiura. The regular ferry having been off since Saturday with bow ramp hydraulic issues.

Oban - Colonsay - Oban (Isle of Mull):
Sailing cancelled for today due to adverse weather.
The next sailing from Oban - Colonsay - Oban will be Wednesday 07/11/07 at 1200.
PICTURE: SoC Crew
Raasay at Jura today
 
04/11/07 CLYDE:
Loch Linnhe left Largs this morning about 0645 heading north.
Loch Riddon is currently Lying at Rothesay having finished her overhaul. She is due to head north to Iona and relive Loch Buie for her annual overhaul towards the end of next week.
Loch Dunvegan is in currently receiving shot blasting to her underside. She will be out for the arrival of Isle of Mull.

WESTERN ISLES:
Raasay is now not heading directly for overhaul / repairs at Corpach. She is to spend the next two weeks relieving the Islay - Jura council owned ferry.
Loch Buie is due for her annual overhaul at Ardmaleish on the 12th of November.
 
  New Islay Ferry Update
A few more details on the new build due in spring 2011.
There is to be an outside viewing area overlooking the bow accessed from the upper deck restaurant. The main deck forward is crew accommodation etc.
There will be outside decks overlooking car deck - similar to Argyle and Bute and upstairs (which from the diagram look to be level with bridge, so obviously it will not go all the way forward.)
 
PICTURE: SoC Forum
New Islay ferry profile
  TERMINALS:
Kennacraig:
Following the landslip on the A83 between Arrochar and Cairndow at Rest and be Thankful (Marked RED on map) on Sunday 28th October engineers from Transerve Scotland said on Friday that the road would remain closed for the foreseeable future. Road engineers are on site but it is too dangerous to work on and bad weather is making the situation worse. Transerve Scotland has staff on site but is unable to begin work to re-open the road.
Passengers who are travelling to Kennacraig for the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry service to Islay should allow up to forty minutes extra travelling time as the diversion involves a 25-mile loop detour.
Suggested Option 1: Take the A82 north to Crianlarich and then head up for Tyndrum. Head west to Dalmally on the A85 and then take the A813 south to Inveraray where drivers will gain access to the A83.
Suggested Option 1: Take the CalMac ferry from Gourock to Dunoon and head north on the A815 through Strachur or head for Portavadie and take the CalMac ferry to Tarbert via the B836, A886 and A8003 through Tighnabruaich.
MAP: SoC
  Source: The Herald, 02/11/07 | Additional Information: Duncan Wilson | Map: Ships of CalMac
 
  PICTURE: John Macdonald PICTURE: John Macdonald PICTURE: John Macdonald
PAST FLEET NEWS: Isle of Arran making headway to Islay in a winter storm. February this year
 
03/11/07 CLYDE:
Isle of Cumbrae left Rosneath at lunchtime and sailed to Largs arriving at about 1600 where she briefly lay at the slip until Loch Shira came in. She collected a couple of crew cars and lay on the  outside the Loch Linnhe on the outside of the pier until about 1615 before heading south. She's due to relieve the Raasay which possibly requires repairs.
Loch Linnhe called in at Rhubodach at around 1400 prior to crossing over to Largs. She dropped off crew cars while Loch Alainn was over at Colintraive.
PICTURE: Andycam
Two lochs & IoC at Largs today
  PICTURE: Andycam PICTURE: Andycam PICTURE: Andycam
Lord of the Isles in James Watt Dock today completing her overhaul
1) welders working on stern   2) Coruisk tied up astern   3) bow complete
 
02/11/07 WESTERN ISLES:
Loch Linnhe
went from Craignure to Oban this morning for fuel and is now headed down towards Islay - hopefully passing via Port Askaig but may go down the Sound of Jura.

CLYDE:
Gourock - Dunoon (AliCat, Jupiter):
Currently disrupted / delayed due to volume of vehicle traffic on service.

COMPANY NEWS:

Caledonian MacBrayne Welcomes New Ferry for Islay...
Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne has welcomed the confirmation today (Friday, November 2, 2007) by asset owning company Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd that a new ferry will become available on the routes serving Islay from the mainland within four years.

The new ship, which will cost a total of £24.5 million will be built by the Remontowa yard in Gdansk, Poland, and delivery is expected in spring, 2011. The Remontowa yard has already completed two highly successful ferries operated by CalMac on the route from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay, MV Argyle and MV Bute.

CalMac’s Managing Director, Lawrie Sinclair said: “The new ship will enable CalMac to provide the additional capacity on the routes from Kennacraig to Islay which is required to meet the demand of a booming economy and to offer improved services to local residents, businesses and tourists.

CalMac has consulted extensively with the local community to establish the best level and type of service to be offered. It was very important that we took every opportunity to consult and explain the type of vessel we had in mind and the facilities she will have. The community became involved in the process of achieving the desired outcome at an early stage, and we are confident that we will be able to operate a very high level of service with the new vessel, along with another ship, giving the island the level of service it needs.”

The ship will be 89.90m long and capable of 16.5 knots.  She will be a modern Ro-Ro Euro Class B passenger vessel designed to carry 550 passengers, up to 88 cars, as well as coaches, cars and commercial vehicles. The vessel will also be capable of carrying dangerous goods.

Passengers will be accommodated on two well-appointed decks, with access gained at the lower of the two from an enclosed passenger gangway. and modern, comfortable facilities. The design and quality of the passenger accommodation will match the new standards set by the two ships previously built at the Remontowa yard and according to CalMac will provide Islay with a ship to match the islanders’ aspirations. There will be two lifts, one on each side of the ship, to all decks. The ship will also be built in line with DPTAC guidance on facilities for customers whose mobility is impaired.
 
01/11/07 WESTERN ISLES:
Loch Linnhe
changed over with Raasay today.
 
  CLYDE:
Isle of Cumbrae
arrived at Rosneath jetty this morning.
Loch Alainn is now in service on the Colintraive - Rhubodach route after departing Campbeltown c0700 having sailed via the Kilbrannan Sound to Bute. She changed over with Loch Dunvegan at 1130 at Rhubodach after she berthed at Colintraive briefly this morning. The latter is now berthed at the wires in Gourock next to Coruisk.
UPDATE:
Loch Dunvegan
is now at James watt Dock getting ready for her annual overhaul.
PICTURE: SoC Forum, Buff Funnels Forever
Two lochs at Rhubodach today
 

MAJOR VESSEL OVERHAUL PLAN:
An update on the major units overhaul plan so far... 
 VESSEL  VESSEL TO COVER  DOCK YARD  ENTER DOCK  EXIT DOCK
Lord of the Isles N/A Garvel (Clyde) 22/10/07 08/11/07
Hebridean Isles Isle of Arran Aberdeen 12/11/07 22/11/07
Isle of Mull Lord of the Isles Garvel (Clyde) 12/11/07 22/11/07
Lochnevis Ullin of Staffa Garvel (Clyde) 16/10/07 30/10/07
Caledonian Isles Isle of Mull Garvel (Clyde) TBC 26/11/07 13/12/07
Isle of Lewis Clansman Garvel (Clyde) 07/01/08 24/01/08
Clansman N/A Garvel (Clyde) TBC* 28/01/08 14/02/08
Hebrides Clansman ? 25/02/08 13/03/08
Isle of Arran N/A ? 28/01/08 14/02/08
* Also in for fuel conversion similar to Hebrides
TBC - To Be Confirmed

PAST FLEET NEWS:
On this day in 2003,
much favoured CalMac vessel Pioneer made her final trip round the Small isles leaving her name tagged on the rocks as a permanent reminder to her visits there.

OTHER NEWS:

New Plane Planned For Beach Strip (external link, opens in new window)

 
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