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 DATE  NEWS
31/12/06 Western Isles:
Oban - Craignure:
Due to adverse weather the following sailings are affected:
1600 ex Oban: Cancelled
1700 ex Craignure: Cancelled

Kennacraig - Islay:
Due to adverse weather conditions the 1250 Hebridean Isles sailing ex Kennacraig - Port Ellen has now been diverted to Port Askaig.
Port Askaig still remains closed but it is still possible to take cars over the linkspan at the moment. If any problems arise, hoist loading will be in operation.

Tayinloan - Gigha:
This service has suspended due to adverse weather conditions for the remainder of today.

Clyde:
Loch Tarbert
has just past Wemyss Bay (1300) heading for Gourock presumably to seek shelter from the Cumbrae Roster.

Gourock - Dunoon:
Due to adverse weather conditions the following sailings have been cancled:
1820 ex Gourock
1850 ex Dunoon
1920 ex Gourock
1950 ex Dunoon

Colintraive - Rhubodach:
Due to the extremely severe weather conditions forecast throughout today, the ferry will run on a sailing to sailing basis.  Disruptions are to be expected.
Update 1830:
This service has suspended due to adverse weather conditions for the remainder of today.

Wemyss Bay - Rothesay:
Due to adverse weather conditions the following sailings are disrupted:
1215 ex Rothesay: Diverted to Gourock* (Coruisk)
1300 ex Wemyss Bay: Cancelled
1345 ex Rothesay: Cancelled
* Transport will be provided to transferred passengers from Gourock to Wemyss Bay.
Update 1345:
Bute is now alongside Wemyss Bay suggesting the route may be operating again.
Update 1430:
Due to adverse weather conditions the following sailings have been cancelled:
1430 ex Wemyss Bay
1515 ex Rothesay
1600 ex Wemyss Bay
Coruisk will depart Gourock at 1430 sailing to Rothesay.
Weather permitting Coruisk will then depart Rothesay at 1600 and Bute depart Gourock at 1600.
Transport will be provided to transfer passengers from Gourock to Wemyss Bay.
Update 1730:
Due to adverse weather conditions there will be no more sailings from Rothesay or Wemyss Bay this evening.
Coruisk will depart Gourock at 1730 sailing to Rothesay.
Intending passenger are advised to check prior to travelling.
Coruisk departed on what was a rough crossing. The Captain was noted announcing: "Hello, this is your captain speaking. I'm just letting you know that everything is going as planned. There will be no extra charge for the rollercoaster ride". Foot passengers were unable to disembark via the gangway because of the combination of high tide and bad weather conditions, so the plan was to let passengers walk off via the car deck, but the crew decided that this was too risky (one of the crew almost got blown off their feet by high winds), so they asked all drivers if they could take foot passengers into their car and drop them off at the pier.

Ardrossan - Brodick:
At present there are no disruptions to the Ardrossan Brodick service.  Due to an adverse weather forecast later in the day passengers are advised to travel on as early a sailing as possible as disruptions to the service are likely.

Tarbert - Lochranza:
This service has suspended due to adverse weather conditions for the remainder of today.

Northlink:
Aberdeen - Hatston - Lerwick:
Delays affecting Kirkwall (Hatston) arrivals & departures:
Hjatland has departed Kirkwall (Hatston) at 0100 and is scheduled to arrive in Aberdeen between 0830 and 0930 on Sunday 31st December.
The next scheduled departure from Kirkwall (Hatston) is the 2345 sailing to Aberdeen on Wednesday 3rd January 2007.

As always, please check above for updates on the companies websites.
 
30/12/06 New Year Timetable Restrictions:
There are NO sailings on Monday 1 January and restricted sailings on Tuesday 2 January.

Also a reminder that the 1230 sailing from Ardrossan and the 1350 sailing from Brodick have both been withdrawn from service on Monday 8th January 2007 as per information printed in the current winter timetable.

Western Isles:

Mallaig - Armadale:
The 1600 ex Mallaig and 1645 hrs ex Armadale has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.
The next sailing ex Mallaig to Armadale will be Wednesday 3rd of January 2007 at 0840, Weather Permitting.

Clyde:
Largs - Cumbrae:
Due to the extremely severe weather conditions forecast throughout today, Saturday and Sunday , the ferry will run on a sailing to sailing basis.  Disruptions are to be expected.

Northlink:
Scrabster - Stromness:

Hamnavoe departed Stromness at 1230 to arrive in Scrabster at 1400.
Owing to adverse weather conditions the 1645 departure from Stromness and the 1900 departure from Scrabster have been cancelled.

Aberdeen - Hatston - Lerwick:
Due to severe weather conditions, and in the interest of passenger comfort and safety, the 1700 sailing from Aberdeen - Hatston / Lerwick has been cancelled.
The next scheduled sailing is due to leave Aberdeen at 1900 on Tuesday 2nd of January.
Tonight's sailing to Aberdeen has been cancelled due to weather conditions.
The next scheduled departure from Kirkwall (Hatston) is the 0100 sailing to Aberdeen on Sunday 31st December.

As always, please check above for updates on the companies websites.
 
29/12/06

Due to forecasted adverse weather there are numerous disruptions again today to services:
As always, please check above for updates on the companies websites.

Western Isles:
Clansman
spent last night in Oban with the Isle of Mull seeking shelter in Craignure to free up the linkspan berth. Clansman should of spent the night in the Outer Isles.
Update 1200:
Isle of Mull
has been running 90 minutes late all day due to weather. She has just appeared in Oban Bay - arrival unknown. She is now berthing at the linkspan. Lord of the Isles left Oban at 1200 for Colonsay.
Update 1545:
Isle of Mull has just been sighted heading East from Colonsay past the entrance to Loch Buie (1540).
Update 1705:
Lord of the Isles has just arrived back in Oban retuning from Colonsay. She then loaded about half a dozen cars and left again presumably for Craignure and a overnight berth.

Berneray - Leverburgh:
The following sailings have been cancelled due to adverse weather:
0815 ex Berneray
0925 ex Leverburgh
There is no improvement in the weather, so morning sailings have been cancelled.
Hoping to sail from Berneray at 1330 and return from Leverburgh at 1440.

Barra - Eriskay:
Due to Weather Conditions the Chargehand has cancelled the following sailings:
0715 ex Ardmhor
0820 ex Eriskay
The next return sailing is also in doubt, will advise later when information becomes available.
Update 0920:
Chargehand has now cancelled the following sailings:
0925 ex Ardmhor
1030 ex Eriskay
The next return sailing will be reviewed at approx 1200 today.

Mallaig - Small Isles:
The 1020 Mallaig - Small Isles service has been cancelled for today due to adverse weather conditions.

Mallaig - Armadale:
The following have been cancelled today due to adverse weather conditions:
0840 ex Mallaig
0925 ex Armadale
The situation for the following will be reviewed at 1430:
1600 ex Mallaig
1645hrs ex Armadale

Uig - Tarbert - Lochmaddy:
Hebrides sailed at 0807 ex Tarbert for Uig on a delayed 0730 departure.

Oban - Colonsay - Oban:
The following sailings have been cancelled:
1000 ex Oban - Colonsay
The master will review the situation at 1145 in-lue of a 1200 departure ex Oban.

Fionnphort - Iona:
This service is currently suspended due to adverse weather conditions. 

Tayinloan - Gigha:
This service is currently suspended due to adverse weather conditions.

Clyde:
Loch Tarbert
has joined Loch Alainn at Gourock pier, having sailed up from Largs earlier today.

Largs - Cumbrae:
Due to the extremely severe weather conditions forecast throughout today, Saturday and Sunday , the ferry will run on a sailing to sailing basis.  Disruptions are to be expected.

Gourock - Dunoon:
Due to adverse weather conditions the passenger only services by AliCat have been cancelled.

Wemyss Bay - Rothesay:
Update 0900:
Bute and Coruisk are both at Wemyss Bay, Coruisk is sitting off suggesting a possible problem with Bute.
Update 0920:
Due to a continuing technical problem with Bute the following sailings are canceled:
0925 ex Wemyss Bay
1010 ex Rothesay

Tarbert - Portavadie:
All sailings have been cancelled until further notice due to adverse weather.

Colintraive - Rhubodach:
All sailings have been cancelled until further notice due to adverse weather.

As always, please check above for updates on the companies websites.

 
28/12/06 Western Isles / Clyde:
Severe storms are forecast for tomorrow and services are liable to disruption.
Met Office Statement:
The Met Office is forecasting a very disturbed spell of weather over the next few days, with short periods of damaging winds expected to affect many areas of the UK. Two waves of severe weather are expected during Friday night and New Years Eve, with gusts of 70-80 mph, over N Ireland, Wales, western England and the southern half of Scotland. Furthermore, winds could turn very squally almost anywhere, particularly across southern England and Wales for a short time on Saturday Peak wind strengths are enough to lead to disruption. The public are advised to check for subsequent forecasts in the areas affected as areas at risk may change.

As always, please check above for updates on the companies websites.
 
27/12/06 Clyde:
It is assumed Loch Alainn is to make for Troon for her repairs in the new year. Updates to Follow.

Western Isles:
Tayinloan - Gigha:
The slipway at Tayinloan appears to have been cleared and the Loch Ranza is back running from Tayinloan again instead of the diverted Kennacraig.
 
26/12/06 Western Isles:
Isle of Mull
was operating sailings to Craignure today, however she was noted at crossing at a much reduced speed than normall.

Clyde:
Isle of Cumbrae
is still holding the Cumbrae roster while Loch Alainn sits at the wires in Gourock awaiting attention to her damaged propulsion unit.

Northlink:
Northwestern Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders, of Birkenhead, is expected to carry out the work  on the two Aberdeen – Lerwick vessels to provide extra cabins, increasing the available berths by around 20%. The Hrossey is due to refit for about 3 weeks from 26th February and the Hjatland for a similar period from 16th April.
The Hamnavoe is due to go to Fredericia for Dry-dock on 2nd February  with the Hebridean Isles covering.  
The Hascosay is also going to Fredericia in March in between the Hrossey and Hjaltland's refits.
 
25/12/06 There are NO services operating today for both CalMac and Northlink. A limited timetable will operate tomorrow. (see external links above for more information)
 
24/12/06 Clyde:
Caledonian Isles
will have her annual overhaul in Aberdeen. She will make the 30hour voyage around the 07/01/07 and dock between 08/01/07 - 18/01/07. Clansman will cover for her.
 
23/12/06 Clyde:
Loch Alainn
has now limped back to Garvel Dry-Dock for further engine repairs leaving the Isle of Cumbrae to solder on on the Largs route for a while longer. Loch Tarbert was also sighted in Largs around 1530 this afternoon where she tied up at the pier for the night. Its currently unclear what's manning the Tarbert - Portavadie / Lochranza run at the moment, presumably she is to swap with the Isle of Cumbrae.

Caledonian Isles also took avoiding action with a 360 degree turn this morning when a freight vessel came close to her route.

Brodick - Ardrossan:
The 1230 sailing from Ardrossan and the 1350 sailing from Brodick have both been withdrawn from service on Monday 8th January 2007 as per information printed in the current winter timetable.
 
22/12/06 Western Isles:
Lord of the Isles
is now berthed at Craignure for the festive period. Isle of Mull has entered service again after her overhaul. However she suffered a water leakage in the engine after passing Islay heading north. She will now stay at the North Pier over Christmas when her engine will be stripped once again on the 24/12/06. Clansman will stay at the Linkspan while Isle of Arran will remain at Tobermory.

Clyde:
Loch Alainn
took over her Largs - Cumbrae run this morning. Unfortunately she sheared a bolt on her new prop so she the Isle of Cumbrae is now back on the run. It is the latter's 30th birthday today and she is back serving the route she was designed and built for - some achievement for a wee craft!

Gourock - Dunoon:
Due to an incident involving Strathclyde Police, the following sailings have been cancelled:
1920 dep Gourock
1950 dep Dunoon
The next sailing for Dunoon will depart Gourock at 2018.
Caledonian MacBrayne apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Terminals:
Rothesay:
Customers are advised that to enable the contractors working at Rothesay pier to access piling work, the Wemyss Bay to Rothesay route will be serviced by two Streakers for a period of approximately six weeks. This will start in early January.
CalMac regrets any inconvenience which may be caused Customers are advised to plan their trips in advance as far as possible as route capacity will be affected. To assist foot passengers for the period of the adjustments, a temporary ticket office is being installed at the pier which will be clearly identified. All parties concerned will endeavour to conclude the works as quickly as possible. Should you require any further information, please contact local offices or the CalMac website www.calmac.co.uk.
 
21/12/06 Western Isles:
Tayinloan - Gigha (Operating as Kennacraig - Gigha):
Sunday 24th & Tuesday 26th December Sailings  from Kennacraig to Gigha:
1200 dep Gigha - Kennacraig
1530 dep Gigha - Kennacraig
1300 dep Kennacraig - Gigha
1500 dep Kennacraig - Gigha
(Please not that the temporary timetable noted on the 10/12/06 is still in operation)
 
20/12/06

Terminals:
Port Askaig:
IMPORTANT!
Caledonian MacBrayne confirms that the ferry operation at Port Askaig on Islay is to close temporarily with immediate effect and that all services to and from Islay will operate from Port Ellen.

The closure brings forward a planned interruption in the service from Port Askaig which had been scheduled for mid-February. To enable essential engineering works at Port Askaig, involving replacement of the current linkspan and other facilities, the ferry will operate out of Port Ellen from Thursday (December 20, 2006).

CalMac is also highlighting that to enable customers to maintain mainland bus connections, the 1300 departure from Kennacraig will be brought forward by ten minutes to 1250 with immediate effect.

CalMac are working closely with Argyll and Bute Council on this in terms of keeping people informed about the progress of the works and the possible impact on the service. The Council is making arrangements for connecting transport between the two ports for the 1530 sailing and the details of these arrangements will be widely publicised. From CalMac: "We assure our customers on the island and the mainland that we will endeavour to keep any possible disruption to a minimum and that we will do everything in our power to ensure that the work is completed as quickly as possible. Customers should obviously keep an eye out for local notices and updates on our website www.calmac.co.uk and we will ensure that gives everyone the best possible information."

  Western Isles:
Isle of Mull
past the Point of Ayre at 0400 this morning en route to Oban.
Update 1100:
Isle of Mull is currently nearing the south-eastern tip of Islay.

Clyde:
Loch Alainn
was receiving her final touches today in JWD. Sand is being applied to her wet paintwork to add to the grip on her ramp. She is expected to sail for Largs tomorrow to return to service and relieve the Isle of Cumbrae.

Picture: Gerry Deegan
Loch Alainn today

 
19/12/06 Update 1920:
Isle of Mull
is just departing Bidston and is currently in the Dock system. She has to pass through various locks before entering the Mersey where she will have Compass adjustments. When successful she is departing for Oban ETA 1600 tomorrow afternoon. Delay was caused by a second engine rebuild and some modifications to a leaking Stern Door. If she goes up through the Sound of Islay, she should be passing Port Askaig mid morning, 0900-1200 depending on tide, speed and time of her departure.
Update 2300:
She left the Mersey bar at 2250. She is now en route to Oban.
 
18/12/06 Terminals:
Oban:
Work continues at the new Linkspan with heavy construction equipment. It is assumed the new section will mean that the cars will load from the existing marshalling lanes but the 'other' way around. The existing linkspan will load from the furthest away from the new terminal building.

Picture: Andrew Hickford
Oban's 2nd linkspan

 
17/12/06 Isle of Mull was moved from the dry dock to the wet dock last week nearing her annual overhaul completion. She is due to leave for Oban at 1500 tomorrow afternoon. This may change however as her engines are still being assembled, and sections of her car deck are still being replaced. As she has not yet been out on trials after such a big engine job, her departure may be delayed.
She should have a loaded test run on or around the Mersey. It is believed Paxman Diesels of Stockport may be doing it as they were the ones who built the Mirlees Engines (Paxman took over Mirlees a while ago). Loaded Testing is also required to retune the Power Units so that they are not incorrectly set and cause damage.

It is also noted that the shore crew are greatly missing the 'Mull'!

Isle of Arran is due to leave Tobermory in February sometime, possibly the 20th updates to follow.

As mentioned on the 12/12/06 Lord of the Isles appears to be having a bit of a manoeuvrability problems, as yesterday she completely missed the pier in Craignure on the 1000 from Oban and finally docked at 1050. Her speed on leaving the pier was not too great either, there was hardly any wind on this occasion.

Loch Striven
is now lying at the back at Rothesay pier after arriving from Kennacraig.

Clyde:
Largs - Cumbrae:
It appears Isle of Cumbrae might be suffering from technical difficulties this afternoon.
Updates to follow.
Service is currently operating on a sailing to sailing basis at the moment due to a technical problem.
However, there will definitely be a 2015 sailing from Largs and a 2030 from Cumbrae.

Western Isles:
Tayinloan - Gigha (Operating as Kennacraig - Gigha):
Sunday 17th December Sailings  from Kennacraig to Gigha:
1200 dep Gigha - Kennacraig
1300 dep Kennacraig - Gigha
1530 dep Gigha - Kennacraig
1600 dep Kennacraig - Gigha

Terminals:
Rothesay:
Work has now started at the new Linkspan with heavy construction equipment present today.
 
15/12/06 Western Isles:
Eigg was caught moving into the railway berth, she only sat alongside for a maximum of 20 seconds, then left again, now out in the bay. As yet no reports as to why she was there, its possible she may be helping with pier work. It looked as though she was heading for the Sound of Kerrera.
Update:
She is still sitting in the bay waiting off. Updates to Follow.
 
13/12/06 Northlink:

Hamnavoe departed Stromness at 10:00 this morning on what was her first sailing of the day. She then departed Scrabster at 13:15 and arrived Stromness at 14:45. The 16:45 sailing from Stromness and the 19:00 sailing from Scrabster are now running to schedule.

However, due to the adverse weather forecast the 06:30 sailing from Stromness and the 08:45 sailing from Scrabster on Thursday 14th December have been cancelled. All further sailings are expected to operate as normal.

Picture: Mark Wemyss (SoC)
Hamnavoe departing Orkney this morning.
 
12/12/06 Western Isles:

Lord of the Isles is currently stormbound in Craignure. It is possible that she is suffering with technical problems as well with Isle of Arran on standby.

Oban - Craignure:
Due to adverse weather today's sailing to Craignure @1600 has been cancelled. Also the sailings from Craignure to Oban @1500 and 1700 has been cancelled. Next schedule sailing is tomorrow departing Oban @ 0800 as per timetable.

Fionnphort - Iona:
Due to adverse weather, this service has not run today, the situation will be reviewed at 1300.
Update 1500:
Weather conditions are getting worse, therefore there will be no more attempts to sail today

Ullapool - Stornoway:
Due to adverse the weather, the following are disrupted:
1030 ex Ullapool - Stornoway: Cancelled.
1345 ex Stornoway - Ullapool: Cancelled.
Update 1130:
Isle of Lewis will attempt a sailing from Ullapool at 1600 this afternoon.

Mallaig - Small Isles:
The 1020 sailing has been cancelled for today due to adverse weather.

Mallaig - Armadale:
The 0840 ex Mallaig and 0925 ex Armadale are cancelled due to adverse weather, next sailing 1600 ex Mallaig weather permitting.

Ardmhor - Eriskay:
Chargehand has cancelled the 1230 sailing ex Ardmhor and the return 1410 sailing ex Eriskay.
The last return sailing on this route is also in doubt, information will be posted when it becomes available.

Oban - Coll / Tiree:
Due to adverse weather conditions the 0645 hrs sailing to Coll and Tiree today has been cancelled, Clansman is currently in Oban.
The next sailing from Oban will depart Oban at 0645 on Wednesday 13th December and will sail Oban - Coll - Tiree - Oban - weather permitting.

Oban - Castlebay / Lochboisdale:
Due to adverse weather conditions the 1530 sailing from Oban has been cancelled.
The next sailing from Oban will be Thursday 14th December.

Tobermory - Kilchoan:
The 0720 and 0800 did not sail this morning.
Chargehand has advised that he will attempt the 1000 sailing from Tobermory and 1145 from Kilchoan.
Update 1500:
The above sailings did eventually sail with little Raasay although it was in doubt until the last moment.
Update 1530:
The last sailings today from Tobermory at 1545 and 1630 from Kilchoan have been cancelled due to very severe weather conditions.

Tayinloan - Gigha (Operating as Kennacraig - Gigha):
Service suspended today due to weather.

As always, please check above for updates on the companies websites.

Clyde:
Wemyss Bay - Rothesay:
Due to adverse weather conditions there are no sailings at present.
Coruisk departed Rothesay at 1010 sailing to Gourock.
Coruisk will depart Gourock for Rothesay @ 1200.
Bute will depart Rothesay @ 1145 weather permitting sailing for Wemyss Bay.
Transport will be available between Wemyss Bay and Gourock.
Intending passengers are advised to check prior to travelling.
Update 1600:
Sailings are now back to normal although liable to disruption due to the continuing weather.

Largs - Cumbrae:
The service will be running a reduced service today due to weather conditions, and will not be running as per timetable.
Update 1130:
Service is currently suspended.
Update 1500:
The route is currently operating a severely reduced service at the moment, strictly on a run by run service.

Ardrossan Brodick:
Due to adverse weather conditions the 0820 sailing  from Brodick this morning will be diverted to Gourock although berthing at Gourock is not guaranteed.
The 1105 sailing from Brodick and the 1230 sailing from Ardrossan have been cancelled.
Passengers are advised to be at Gourock 1015 passengers are further advised there will be a bus leaving Ardrossan at 0940 for Gourock.
This service may subject to delays or cancellations later today.
Update 1130:
Caledonian Isles departed Gourock at 1115 and is due to arrive in Brodick at approx 1315.
A decision regarding later sailings will be made on arrival at Brodick.
Update 1330:
Due to adverse weather conditions the 1350 sailing from Brodick will be diverted to Gourock although berthing at Gourock is not guaranteed.
Passengers are advised to be at Gourock for 1545.
Passengers are further advised there will be a bus leaving Ardrossan at 15.0 for Gourock.
All passengers for the 1640 sailing from Brodick and the 1800 from Ardrossan are advised to travel on the above sailings.
Update 1700:
Unfortunately Caledonian Isles was not able to berth at Gourock so is currently returning to Brodick.

As always, please check above for updates on the companies websites.

Northlink:
Scrabster - Stromness:

Hamnavoe departed Stromness at 0930 to arrive in Scrabster at 1100.
The next scheduled sailing will depart Scrabster at 1200 to arrive in Stromness at 1330.
The 1645 departure from Stromness and the 1900 departure from Scrabster will be reviewed in the afternoon.
Update 1215:
Due to the adverse weather forecast, the 0630 sailing from Stromness and the 0845 sailing from Scrabster on Wednesday 13th December have been cancelled.
The first sailing will now depart Stromness at 1000 to arrive in Scrabster at 1130.
The return sailing from Scrabster will depart as normal at 1315.
The 1645 sailing and the 1900 sailing on Wednesday are under review. 

Aberdeen - Lerwick:
Hrossey arrived in Aberdeen at a delayed 0915 and is scheduled for departure at 1900 sailing for Lerwick as timetabled.

As always, please check above for updates on the companies websites.

Past Fleet:
Pentalina B (ex Iona) now appears to be in Dover on charter to the cattle farmers who chartered Claymore. It is assumed Claymore is back in the Pentland Firth.
Pictures HERE (external link)
 
11/12/06 Western Isles:
Lord of the Isles arrived in Craignure this Morning and Promptly Missed the Pier in her turning probably due to the Northerly wind blowing her off the pier. More attempts followed and she finally docked at 0810 this morning and left again and 0830.

Uig - Tarbert / Lochmaddy:
Due to adverse weather conditions the 1400 sailing to Tarbert is now cancelled.

Oban - Colonsay:
Today's sailing from Oban - Colonsay and return has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.
The next sailing will depart Oban on Wednesday 13th December at 1200 as timetabled.

Mallaig - Small Isles:
The 1020 sailing to the Small Isles has been cancelled for today due to adverse weather.

Barra - Eriskay:
The Chargehand has cancelled the following sailings:
0925 ex Ardmhor - Eriskay
1030 ex Eriskay - Ardmhor

Fionnphort - Iona:
Currently suspended due to adverse weather conditions. This will be reviewed at 1000.

Clyde:
Wemyss Bay - Rothesay:

Due to the volume of traffic the 0930 sailing departed Rothesay at 0945.

Northlink:
Scrabster - Stromness:
Due to adverse weather conditions the following sailings have been re-timed:
0630 and 1100 sailings from Stromness will now depart at 0930.
0845 and 1315 from Scrabster will now depart at 1200.
 
10/12/06 Western Isles:
Tayinloan - Gigha: (Operating as Kennacraig - Gigha)
Update 1200:
Due to the ongoing problems at the Tayinloan slip, the Gigha Service is operating on a temporary basis form Kennacraig.  The two ship timetable will be as follows until further notice:
0800 dep Gigha - Kennacraig
0800 dep Kennacraig - Gigha
1000 dep Gigha - Kennacraig
1000 dep Kennacraig - Gigha
1200 dep Gigha - Kennacraig
1330 dep Kennacraig - Gigha
1530 dep Gigha - Kennacraig
1600 dep Kennacraig - Gigha
Passenger numbers are restricted to 12 so bookings are essential. Please contact Kennacraig on 01880 730 253 using option 2.

Kennacraig - Islay:
Update 1800:
Due to adverse weather conditions the following sailings have been disrupted:
1800 dep Kennacraig - Port Ellen: Diverted to Port Askaig.
0415 dep Port Ellen - Kennacraig: Now departing from Port Askaig.

Sconser - Raasay:
Due to continuing adverse weather conditions this service has now been cancelled for the remainder of the day.
All sailings will be reviewed Tomorrow.

Clyde:
Wemyss Bay - Rothesay:
Update 0900:
Bute
departed Rothesay on her first run bound for Gourock due to weather conditions.
Update 1600:
Due to continuing adverse weather conditions the 1645 sailing from Rothesay is heading for Gourock.
The last sailing will be 1845 from Gourock to Rothesay.
Transport will be made available from Wemyss Bay to Gourock.
Update 1730:
There will be no further sailings on the Rothesay - Wemyss Bay route this evening.

Largs - Cumbrae:
Update 0900:
Service liable to disruption with some sailings suspended due to weather.
Update 1215:
Service resumed but prone to disruption again.
Update 1515:
Service has been suspended on this route until further notice due to weather conditions.
Update 1630:
1645 dep Largs - Cumbrae will operate as normal.
Hopefully more sailings will go ahead. Terminal is currently watching the situation.
Ardrossan - Brodick:
Update 1330:
The 1105 ex Brodick - Ardrossan diverted to Gourock instead of Ardrossan.
Ex Gourock 1400 ETA Brodick 1600. TBC whether 1640 will sail or not.
Update 1600:
Due to adverse weather conditions the 1640 sailing from Brodick will be diverted to Gourock.
Passengers are advised to be at Gourock for 1830 Passengers are further advised there will be a bus leaving Ardrossan for Gourock at 1755.

Gourock - Dunoon:
The 1320 ex Gourock did not depart due to weather conditions.
Jupiter however made a 1420 departure to Dunoon.
Picture: Stuart Craig (www.clydeshipping.co.uk)
Caledonian Isles departing
Gourock while Jupiter berths.
Northlink:
Scrabster - Stromness:

Hamnavoe departed  Stromness at 1645 to arrive in Scrabster at 1815.
The next scheduled sailing will depart Scrabster at 1900 to arrive in Stromness at  2030.
Due to adverse weather conditions the following sailings have been re-timed Tomorrow (Monday):
The 0630 and 1100 sailings from Stromness will now depart at 0930.
The 0845 and 1315 from Scrabster will now depart at 1200.
 
09/12/06 Western Isles:
Loch Linnhe is possibly going to attempt a run from Tayinloan to Gigha today after a work gang removed some of the blockage on the slipway. Updates to follow.
 
08/12/06 Western Isles:
Loch Linnhe is now at Kennacraig assisting the Loch Ranza on the Gigha service. Loch Striven is now en route to Rothesay.
Loch Linnhe's extended overhaul was to allow fitting of a new Vioth unit.

Tayinloan Slipway is currently getting dredged as recent storms brought debris and plant life onto the shore blocking the ferries access.

Clyde:

Update 1830:
Ardrossan - Brodick:
Please be advised the following sailings have been withdrawn from service on Saturday 09/12/06 and Monday 11/12/06 as per information printed in the winter timetable.
1230 ex Ardrossan - Brodick
1350 ex Brodick - Ardrossan

Update 1130:
Saturn
is currently making ready for her up river cruise to Loch Shira's launch. Pictures and updates to follow.
Update 1220:
Saturn under the commend of Captain Smith, is now on her way up river at 13kts towards Ferguson's yard where Loch Shira is to be launched.

Update 1310:
Loch Shira has just taken to the water for the first time after launching from Ferguson's yard slipway just after 1300 today.
The event was covered by our Fleet News and Media Crews.
Pictures: Loch Shira's Launch

Caledonian MacBrayne Press Release:
New Largs - Cumbrae Slip Ferry Launched at Ferguson’s (Internal Link)
 
07/12/06 Western Isles:
Mallaig - Small Isles:
Update 1020:
Due to technical problems with Lochnevis the Small Isles service will be operating as follows:
Passenger Only:
1020 dep Mallaig
1140 arr Rum
1150 dep Rum
1250 arr Canna
1300 dep Canna
1500 arr Mallaig
Please note there will only be the one call at Rum.
It is currently unclear which vessel will operate the roster - however it is assumed it will be chartered tonnage. Updates to follow.

Mallaig - Armadale:
Update 1020:
Due to a technical problem with Lochnevis the following sailings are cancelled today:
0840 ex Mallaig - Armadale
0925h ex Armadale - Mallaig
We will update regarding the afternoon sailings at 1600 and 1645.

Tayinloan - Gigha:
A reminder that Tayinloan Slipway is still out of action. Gigha is currently being served from Kennacraig. See Fleet News for 01/12/06 & 04/12/06 for more.

Clyde:

It is still anticipated that Saturn's cruise up the Clyde for Loch Shira's launch tomorrow will go ahead. It is planned that Jupiter will return to service tonight on the Gourock - Dunoon roster freeing up her fleet mate for the event. Tickets are still being sold at Gourock office for the occasion, however numbers are limited.
Please contact CalMac or Gourock office for more details.

Gourock - Dunoon:
Update 1400:

After repairs Jupiter retuned to service and took over from Saturn at either 1220 or 1320 today to allow the latter to make ready for tomorrows Clyde criuise to Loch Shira's launch.

Ardrossan - Brodick:

Update 1015:
Due to adverse weather the following sailings have been cancelled:
1105 dep Brodick - Ardrossan
1230 dep Ardrossan - Brodick
The situation as to the 1350 sailing will be reviewed at 1300.
Update 1430:
Caledonian Isles is en route to Gourock after diverting from Brodick - Ardrossan due to heavy weather in the area.
Update 1700:
Due to adverse weather conditions the delayed 1640 sailing from Brodick has been cancelled.
Caledonian Isles is expected to arrive in Brodick from Gourock at 1920 where it will dock for the night.
The next sailing on this service will be the 0820 from Brodick on Friday the 8th December.

Wemyss Bay - Rothesay:
Update 0900:
Due to volume of traffic the 0845 sailing from Rothesay departed 13mins late. Therefore there may be further delays this morning.
Coruisk appears to be struggling to berth at Wemyss Bay in the heavy weather adding to the delayed timetable.
The problems with berthing may be partly tidal. A couple of sailings over lunchtime didn't carry vehicles due to extremely high tides at both Rothesay and Wemyss Bay. Four metres were reported at Rothesay at 1321 today, and expected again at 1402 tomorrow.
 
06/12/06 Western Isles:
Mallaig - Small Isles:

Due to the problems with the Lochnevis there is doubt about the Small Isles service for Thursday (Tomorrow), we will update this message as soon as we have any further information.

Mallaig - Armadale:
Due to a technical problem with the Lochnevis the 0840 ex Mallaig and 0925 ex Armadale (Thursday 7th) are cancelled.
We will update tomorrow regarding the afternoon sailings at 1600 and 1645.
 
05/12/06 Clyde:
Gourock - Dunoon:
Update 0845:
Due to a technical problem with Jupiter the following sailings have been cancelled:
0620 dep Gourock - Dunoon
0650 dep Dunoon - Gourock
0720 dep Gourock - Dunoon
0750 dep Dunoon - Gourock
0820 dep Gourock - Dunoon
0850 dep Dunoon - Gourock
AliCat will operate its usual foot passenger only service.
Update 1030:
Saturn has now taken over the roster as Jupiter appears to have continuing technical difficulties.

Isle of Cumbrae arrived at Largs to relieve Loch Alainn this morning. Loch Alainn is now in Garvel dry dock and Isle of Cumbrae will be sole vessel on the Cumbrae run for three weeks. She is restricted on that route to using only two of her three lanes so will undoubtedly fall way behind with traffic and timetable.

Western Isles:
Kennacraig - Gigha
:
Loch Ranza
is now being partnered by Loch Striven on the temporary dual Kennacraig - Gigha roster, which sees simultaneous departures from each terminal.
Six simultaneous departures are scheduled each day, with Loch Ranza being based at Gigha and Loch Striven being based at Kennacraig. The temporary timetable is in force for at least the rest of this week. Loch Striven's overhaul has had to be delayed until she is able to get away and round the Mull of Kintyre.

Northlink:
Scrabster - Stromness:

Hamnavoe arrived in Stromness at 2000 last night.
Due to adverse tidal conditions the following revised timetable will operate today:
0900 dep Stromness - Scrabster
1115 dep Scrabster - Stromness
1645 dep Stromness - Scrabster
1900 dep Scrabster - Stromness
Aberdeen - Hatston - Lerwick:
So far operating as timetabled.
Hrossey
departed Aberdeen at 1855 yesterday sailing for Hatston and Lerwick.
Hrossey is scheduled to arrive in Hatston at approximately 0100 this morning and depart at 0145.  Approximate scheduled arrival in Lerwick is 0730 today.
Hjaltland departed at 1900 last night sailing for Aberdeen. Estimated time of arrival in Aberdeen is at  0700 this morning.
 
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Clyde:
General:
Isle of Cumbrae
was supposed to relieve Loch Alainn on the Largs - Cumbrae run today, so that Loch Alainn can go in for her annual overhaul. However, Isle of Cumbrae was delayed at Kennacraig. It is now expected the changeover will take place tomorrow.

Gourock - Dunoon:
Service is operating but subject to delays due to adverse weather.
Wemyss Bay - Rothesay:
There are no sailings Rothesay - Wemyss Bay at present.
Coruisk dep Rothesay @ 0930 sailing to Gourock.
The followings sailings will depart Gourock for Rothesay:
1015 Bute ex Gourock - Rothesay
1200 Coruisk ex Gourock - Rothesay
Update 1230:
Following sailings expected to operate:
1300 Bute ex Rothesay - Gourock.
1500 Bute ex Gourock -Rothesay
A bus transfer will be provided between Wemyss Bay and Gourock.
Bute will dep Rothesay at 1300 sailing to Gourock.
Update 1645:
Service now operating to timetable.
  Ardrossan - Brodick:
1105 dep Brodick -Ardrossan: Diverted to Gourock, with no guarantee that it will be able to berth.
1230 dep Ardrossan: Cancelled
Estimated time of arrival at Gourock is 1330 passengers are advised to be at Gourock for 1300.
Later sailing are subject to delay. will update as we have more information.
Update 1530:
Caledonian Isles has departed Gourock @ 1420 and is expected into Brodick at 1630. A decision about the 1640 and 1800 will be made on arrival.
Update 1630:
Caledonian Isles will depart at 1640 and sail to Ardrossan.
Picture: Graham Wilson (SoC)
Caledonian Isles passes
Coruisk on diversion
to Gourock
 
Western Isles:
Oban Area:
Update 1215:
Lord of the Isles
has arrived in Oban bay and is hovering about waiting for a berth / waiting for the clansman to leave.
Update 1600:
Clansman has moved to linkspan from Northern Lighthouse pier while Lord of the Isles is lying off waiting her turn.

Kennacraig:
Isle of Cumbrae
is currently operating, in conjunction with Loch Ranza, a two-ferry service between Kennacraig - Gigha. This is due to the slipway at Tayinloan still being under several tons of seaweed. Isle of Cumbrae will probably stay there until the vegetation is cleared.

Oban - Craignure:
Lord of the Isles
arrived in Craignure this morning with nothing on board. Currently Storm Bound in Craignure. Situation will be reviewed at 1100 departure from Craignure.
Update 1130:
The 1100 sailing departed Craignure at 1112 - 12 minutes late due to adverse weather conditions. The next departure form Oban will be Clansman at 1200. The next departure from Craignure will be 1700.
Fionnphort - Iona:
Currently Suspended
Update 1230:
The next sailings weather permitting will be:
1215 dep Fionnphort
1230 dep Iona
Tobermory - Kilchoan:
Suspended but situation will be reviewed at 1030. No school for the kids today!
Update 1100:
1100 dep Tobermory: Cancelled
1145 dep Kilchoan: Cancelled
Oban - Lochboisdale / Castlebay:
Clansman did not make her 0830 departure from Oban as the Weather is too bad for her to sail. She is currently not to be found in Oban bay however.
Update 1130:
Clansman is on the Lighthouse Pier in Oban Bay.
Update 1140:
Clansman is now moving about Oban Bay heading Bow-First into the linkspan. Possible move could be a 1200 to Mull.
The tide is expected to be another very high one in Oban again this evening so the 1700 may be late again.
Update 1230:
All sailings to the Outer Isles have now been cancelled, the next attempted sailing will be the timetabled 1530 tomorrow.
Fishnish - Lochaline:
Loch Fyne missed the 1st Sailing this morning, but attempted and made her second service with the School children aboard. Service now running as per timetable.
Mallaig - Small Isles:
1020 dep Mallaig - Small Isles: Cancelled at the moment because of weather, situation to be reviewed at 1130 with a view to sailing at 1200, but it will be weather dependant.
Mallaig - Armadale:
0840 ex Mallaig: Cancelled
0925h ex Armadale: Cancelled
Next sailing 1600 will update at approx 1430.
Update 1215:
All Sailings have been Cancelled today.
Update 1530:
1600 ex Mallaig - Armadale sailing will be as scheduled.

Oban - Colonsay:
Today's sailing to Colonsay has been cancelled. Next schedule sailing will be Wed 6th at 1200 as per timetable.
Furthermore, if the Weather was satisfactory, the Colonsay sailing would have had to be cancelled because the Lord of the Isles would have to do the 1600 Oban - Craignure because the Clansman would have been out in the Outer Isles, leaving Oban at 0830 and returning at 2130. Colonsay has not seen a ferry service for quite a while now!
Barra - Eriskay:
0925 ex Barra: Cancelled
1030 ex Eriskay: Cancelled
Sconser - Raasay:
The above service is prone to disruption today.  Reviewing at 1000.
Tarbert - Uig - Lochmaddy:
0730 dep Tarbert - Uig: Cancelled
The situation will be reviewed at 1100. This will also have an knock on effect on the sailings to and from Lochmaddy.
Update 1230:
The delayed 0730 from Tarbert to Uig will now sail at 1150 for Uig. Weather permitting the schedule will be as follows:
1400 dep Uig - Lochmaddy
1600 dep Lochmaddy - Uig
1800 dep Uig - Tarbert - Lochmaddy.
Update 1930:
Hebrides set sail from Uig at 1810. First port of call Tarbert and then onto Lochmaddy. ETA Tarbert 1945. ETA Lochmaddy 2200.
Berneray - Leverburgh:
Loch Portain will depart Berneray at 0930 (delayed 0815) and then depart Leverburgh at 1040 (delayed 0925)
  Stornoway - Ullapool:
Isle of Lewis
is currently stormbound at Stornoway.
0715 dep Stornoway: Cancelled
1030 dep Ullapool: Cancelled
Weather permitting the next sailing from Stornoway to Ullapool will be at 1345 on the 4th of December.

As always, please check above for updates on the companies websites.
Picture: Chris Murray (Stornoway CG)
Isle of Lewis battles the Minch
 
Northlink:
Scrabster - Stromness:
Hamnavoe dep Scrabster at 0925 and is scheduled to arrive in Stromness at 1055.
Due to tidal conditions and a severe weather forcast the 1100 and the 1315 sailings have been cancelled.
The next scheduled sailing will depart Stromness at 1545 to arrive in Scrabster at 1715. Will then depart Scrabster at 1800.
Update 1600:
Hamnavoe departed Stromness at 1600 to arrive in Scrabster at 1730
The next sailing will depart Scrabster at 1800 to arrive in Stromness at 1930
Update 2000:
Hamnavoe arrived in Stromness at 2000

Due to adverse tidal conditions the following revised timetable will operate on Tuesday 5th December:
Dep Stromness 0900       Dep Scrabster 1115
Dep Stromness 1645       Dep Scrabster 1900


Caledonian MacBrayne Press Release on Current Weather Situation:
CalMac reports worst weather for 15-20 years... (Internal Link)
 
03/12/06 Due to the continuing deterioration in the weather on the West Coast the following sailings are affected:

Clyde:
Brodick - Ardrossan:
Caledonian Isles
diverted her 1105 sailing to Gourock, although there is no guarantee she will be able to berth due to the weather conditions. If this is so, she will return to Brodick where she will remain.
Update 1400:
1400 Sailing ex Gourock - Brodick set to sail and will be last for today.
Next sailing will be 0820 (Monday).
Gourock - Dunoon:
The high winds and high tides have forced the route to be cancelled (situation to be reviewed at 1200).
Update 1300:
Passenger only sailing expected to depart Gourock - Dunoon 1320 (weather dependant)
Largs - Cumbrae Slip:
Service also cancelled until 1145 when a sailing will be attempted.
Update 1400:
Sailings are being attempted but high winds may disrupt any attempts.
Wemyss Bay - Rothesay:
Services to Wemyss Bay have been diverted to Gourock.
Update 1400:
Bute
dep 1300 ex Rothesay - Gourock
dep 1500 ex Gourock - Rothesay
Coruisk
dep 1515 ex Rothesay - Gourock (weather dependant)
dep 1700 ex Gourock - Rothesay (weather dependant)
A bus transfer is in place between Gourock - Wemyss Bay.
Update 1640:
1730 Bute dep Rothesay - Wemyss Bay (weather permitting)
Tarbert - Portavadie:
Cancelled
Tarbert - Lochranza:
Cancelled

Western Isles:
Kennacraig - Gigha:
Cancelled
Kennacraig - Islay:
1300 ex Kennacraig Sailed as per Timetable
1530 ex Port Askaig - Kennacraig: Cancelled
1800 ex Kennacraig - Port Ellen: Cancelled
0415 (Monday) ex Port Ellen - Kennacraig: Cancelled
Hebridean Isles will berth overnight in Port Askaig and remain there until 0945 (Monday).
Oban - Castlebay - Lochboisdale:
Cancelled
There will now be an extra sailing tomorrow - Clansman 0830 ex Oban to Lochboisdale then Castlebay and back to Oban.
Oban - Craignure:
1600 Oban - Craignure and return are under threat.
Update: 1630:
1600 dep ex Oban - Craignure service has been Split into two Sailings.
1600 (delayed) dep Oban - Craignure (Pax Only - Due to Excessive high tides) Lord of the Isles
1800c dep Oban - Craignure (conveying cars off the 1600 sailing. Tides will hopefully have abated somewhat) Lord of the Isles
Prior to 1600 Lord of the Isles was spotted trying to get both her Bow and Stern Ramps down but because of the Excessive High tide this proved impossible.
CalMac has also announced that the Weather Disruption tomorrow may have an effect on the 1600 Oban - Craignure and 1700 return. Intending passengers are advised to contact CalMac at Oban before sailing.

Terminals:
There is also a disruption on the A78 between Largs and Wemyss Bay.

Northlink:
Kirkwall (Hatston) - Lerwick
Due to adverse weather conditions the following sailings are affected:
2345 dep ex Kirkwall (Hatston) - Lerwick: Cancelled
The next departure from Kirkwall (Hatston) will be an additional sailing on Tuesday 05 December at 0145 sailing to Lerwick
Aberdeen - Kirkwall (Hatston) / Lerwick
1700 dep ex Aberdeen - Hatston / Lerwick: Cancelled
The next scheduled sailing is due to leave Aberdeen at 1900 on Monday 4th December sailing for Hatston and Lerwick
 
02/12/06 Western Isles:
Loch Ranza
was again sailing to Kennacraig this morning, due to a build up of sand and seaweed at Tayinloan slipway. However due to increasing winds, she only carried out her first sailing and retired to the south pier on arrival back at Gigha. Hebridean Isles diverted her 0700 sailing to Port Askaig once again this morning and was noted running 15 minutes late on her afternoon sailing.
Isle of Cumbrae arrived at Kennacraig seeking shelter while Loch Ranza was there this morning. Loch Striven arrived at Port Askaig during the morning, having attempted to proceed onwards to the Clyde for her overhaul. She got as far as the south eastern end of the Sound of Islay then had to return to Port Askaig where remained for a while. She then sailed at 1400 for Kennacraig where she was to tie up alongside Isle of Cumbrae overnight.

Clyde:
This morning saw Caledonian Isles diverting her 0820 sailing to Gourock instead of Ardrossan. As a result her 1105 ex Brodick and 1230 ex Ardrossan were cancelled. Upon her delayed arrival back in Brodick, she finished for the day.

Picture: Lesley Wild (www.clydeshipping.co.uk)
Caledonian Isles approaching Gourock

 
01/12/06 Western Isles:
Following the stormy weather over the last few days, Tayinloan slipway has been rendered unusable. As a result, Loch Ranza is having to operate a limited service between Gigha and Kennacraig. Passenger numbers have been limited to 12, with bookings being essential. Vehicles can be carried but loading and discharging at Kennacraig is only possible under certain conditions at heights of the tide. Sailings are timetabled as follows:
Depart Gigha: 0835, 1145, 1500
Depart Kennacraig: 1015, 1330, 1630

Passengers on the 1300 sailing from Kennacraig to Port Askaig should therefore get to see the rare sight of a baby-Loch in West Loch Tarbert as they head out.This evening's 1800 sailing from Kennacraig - Islay has been cancelled due to the weather. Effectively this means the 0145 from Port Ellen tomorrow has also been cancelled.
This evening's Mallaig - Armadale service has also been pulled, as has the Barra - Eriskay run.

Northlink:
Hrossey is due to refit for about 3 weeks from 26th February and the Hjatland for a similar period from 16th April.  During their refits the two Aberdeen – Lerwick vessels are likely to have extra cabins added, increasing the available berths by around 20%.
 
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