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29/12/03 ....Not much happening folks I'm afraid! Keep the updates coming in, Regards, News Team.
28/12/03 CORUISK seems to have a new position of her navigation lights. They appear to have been heightened, possibly because of the side ramp.

HEBRIDEAN FERRIES - Oban 1525hrs today.
CLANSMAN departs for Lochboisdale 5 minutes early to allow ISLE OF MULL onto the linkspan on arrival from Isle of Colonsay and to load for it's 1600hrs departure for Craignure (Isle of Mull) while LORD OF THE ISLES lies alongside the Railway Pier "off roster". CLANSMAN is due to relieve on Kennacraig - Islay run to allow one of these vessels (HEBRIDEAN ISLES or ISLE OF ARRAN) to go for annual but yards are closed over the festive period so there's a bit of work-sharing at Oban. It now appears to Calmac that because of yet more objections from the Fishing Industry they may well have to abandon plans for Oban's second linkspan. This is bound to affect next summer's proposed timetable that would have allowed the three ships increased frequencies to the Isles. The 1530hrs sailing today of the CLANSMAN to Lochboisdale and Castlebay returning to Oban at 0540hrs tomorrow is the last overnight sailing of the Winter timetable - from Friday 9 January the return sailing from Lochboisdale will be at 0730hrs via Castlebay (0925hrs).

18/12/03 It seems MV PIONEER is being mothballed and stripped of her Calmac internal fittings and is looking a very sad sight in JWD, could this be the end? More updates to come... (Later Update, thanks to Derek Crawford:) Way back in August PIONEER's crew all said that she was to be mothballed, ie having all windows and doors covered over with metal plates to completely seal the vessel up, with no crew on board bar a watchman. When she finally did arrive back in Greenock she was on 24 hour notice to sail and was active in sense of maintenance being carried and part of a crew was on board. Now it would appear that they have gone back to the original idea which, to put it mildly, is bad news. At a guess I would think the end is nigh...

A report has come in about Alicat's incident, apparently she did not come into contact with anything floating in the water. One her own rudders came away from the assembly and contacted the propeller and consequently damaged the prop.
17/12/03 Loch Alainn has left JWD Glasgow and was spotted heading for the Skelmorlie Channel to Largs at 1315h today.

There seems to be some activity around Pioneers Berth in the JWD today too, further updates as they come in.

The Lord of the Isles was rostered to complete Clansman's sailings yesterday, today and tomorrow, allowing Clansman time off at Oban. Lord of the Isles then has Sunday and Monday off at Oban. At 4.30pm today Clansman was still alongside the Railway Pier - Lord of the Isles went to Craignure with the 4.00pm departure and Isle of Mull was due back from Colonsay at 5.00pm.
16/12/03 Coruisk is expected on the Rothesay service for Friday. Alterations are presently being made to the pier there and they are awaiting delivery of the new gangway. Coruisk is to have her belting modified again to allow her to operate on this service. It is possible that Coruisk's timekeeping may be slightly better on the Rothesay run. Her main problem appears to be when manoeuvring into the berth so the longer run between piers may allow her to catch up slightly.
15/12/03 The Loch Tarbert is due to leave Largs today, probably because the Loch Alainn will be returning from her overhaul. The Loch Tarbert will probably just be sitting in Rothesay until needed.
14/12/03 CORUISK was spotted heading for Rothesay, probably on "Berthing trials" again. JUNO and JUPITER maintain the Wemyss Bay - Rothesay shuttle while SATURN (and presumably ALICAT) are on the Gourock - Dunoon shuttle.
11/12/03 ALI CAT was today spotted  coming out of what looks like Garvel dry-dock - perhaps problem fixed.
10/12/03 ALI CAT hit a submerged object off Gourock this morning, and this is the reason for her fouled prop and rudder. SATURN should be operating at Gourock today with CORUISK taking up ALICAT's sailings. Unknown if CORUISK will be taking cars or not. CORUISK may also undertake berthing trials at Rothesay and Wemyss Bay as well today.
09/12/03 SATURN seems to be operating without one of her side ramps, will update when more information comes in.
6/12/03 The Loch Tarbert is covering the Largs run while the Loch Alainn is away. The Loch Riddon may be at Tarbert-Portavadie if the Loch Linnhe is at Sconser.
3/12/03 MV Saturn left Garvel drydock this morning, and berthed in the James Watt Dock. MV Loch Alainn then took her place in the Garvel drydock.
There is a small rumour that MV Pioneer will be reinstated into the fleet for use as a spare vessel after an overhaul this winter. Watch this space.
2/12/03 Launched Today 1984: at Fergusonís was the Isle of Arran. Loch Alainn is in James Watt Dock for her annual overhaul. Loch Riddon has been sent to replace her. Loch Tarbert was at Largs tonight, after docking she slipped into her overnight berth. Loch Striven may join the Loch Alainn and the Jupiter in JWD. After the Loch Linnhe was replaced on the Iona run by the newly overhauled Loch Buie, she sailed to Sconser to replace the Loch Striven (who is reportedly now heading for Timbercraft).
1/12/03 On Wednesday 3rd December 2003 the following sailing will replace the scheduled service: Departing Mallaig at 1025hrs following that Muck, Eigg, Muck and back to Mallaig. For more information contact the Calmac Mallaig office on (01687)462403
1/12/03 Saturn is currently in Garvel Dry Dock along with AliCat and Pioneer in James Watt Dock
1/12/03 Loch Alainn was sighted inbound for James Watt Dock this morning, later to be seen heading back down towards Largs, will report further updates as they come in.
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