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 DATE  NEWS
31/12/07 CLYDE:
Loch Tarbert
came back to life this afternoon and she left Rosneath to move to Campbeltown via Largs for crew cars. She will lie in Campbeltown over the New Year and is due to relieve Loch Ranza on Thursday or Friday this week
 
30/12/07 WESTERN ISLES:
Loch Striven
set off on her journey south this morning. She spent the night alongside Raasay pier with Loch Linnhe alongside her, ready to keep the service running. As yet we are unsure what the problem with Loch Striven is.

Update: A small CalMac vessel was reported in the vicinity of the Garvellachs at around 2100. We believe this is the Loch Striven continuing her long journey back to the Clyde for repairs.

PICTURE: Fladda
Loch Linnhe alongside Loch Striven

 
29/12/07 WESTERN ISLES:
Loch Striven
is suffering from technical problems today. Loch Linnhe was summoned from Tobermory and was seen passing Eigg late this morning. She entered service on the Sconser - Raasay service from 1500 this afternoon. We have heard that Loch Striven will be needing repairs that cannot be carried out in situ.

CLYDE:
Loch Shira spent last night at the wires in Gourock, as confirmed by our SoC Forum member Balephuil Bay (who was looking out of his window at 0125)

PICTURE: Donny Carr
Loch Linnhe passing Eigg en route for Raasay

 
28/12/07 CLYDE:
Caledonian Isles
is spending tonight in Brodick; her 1920 sailing to Ardrossan being cancelled. As a result her 0700 sailing tomorrow is cancelled and the vessel will pick up her schedule with the 0820 from Brodick.
 
27/12/07 CLYDE:
Argyle and Bute started this morning by sailing to Gourock instead of Wemyss Bay. Sailings from the island were at 0800 and 0930, with returns from Gourock 90 minutes later. The situation was to be reviewed at 1000.

Update - Wemyss Bay service back to normal with the delayed 1215 service ex Wemyss Bay.
Further update - 1515 ex Wemyss Bay cancelled - service liable to disruption for the rest of the day.

WESTERN ISLES:
Lochnevis
did not sail to Armadale on her morning run today. Her Small Isles service was also liable to disruption due to the weather, however we believe she did manage to get to Rum and Canna, as well as her afternoon run to Skye.

Both Isle of Arran and Hebridean Isles were diverted to Port Askaig due to the weather.
 
25/12/07 No sailings today on the west coast of Scotland, however Canna is scheduled to do one return sailing from Rathlin as part of her regular duties.
 
24/12/07 WESTERN ISLES:
As part of the pre Christmas movements in the Oban area, all three large vessels have been in service. Isle of Mull came off duty after her arrival in Oban at 1145 to make way for Lord of the Isles taking the 1200 sailing to Colonsay. Isle of Mull is spending Christmas at Oban berth No 1, Clansman at berth No 2 and Lord of the Isles is out of the way at Craignure.

Loch Striven relieved Loch Linnhe at Raasay earlier today. Loch Linnhe has returned to Tobermory for Christmas.
 
23/12/07

WESTERN ISLES:
Loch Portain
and Loch Bhrusda are both remaining tied up today with no sailings being carried out due to the high winds expected today. Clansman is also delayed until midnight tonight on her Oban – Castlebay – Lochboisdale run. She will reach Lochboisdale at 0700 tomorrow morning in time to pick up the return leg as per timetable.

Hebridean Isles was delayed by 20 minutes due to high winds while en route for Port Ellen this evening. She was 20 minutes late in.

Lord of the Isles was putting her day off to good use this afternoon and she was observed carrying out fire, abandon ship and lifeboat drills. Her fast rescue craft was seen being launched at one point later on in the afternoon.

Loch Striven made it as far as Tobermory and she is spending tonight on Mull. She will return to Raasay tomorrow and resume her regular service

PICTURE: SoC Crew
 SoC LIVE  Lord of the Isles testing her FRC

 
22/12/07 CLYDE:
Loch Striven
left Rothesay today and made for Campbeltown where she s staying overnight. She will continue her journey back north tomorrow
 
19/12/07 Isle of Mull left Ardrossan at around 0730 this morning and is making her way to Oban.
UPDATE 1230:
Isle of Mull is in the Sound of Islay and is approaching Port Askaig

PICTURE: SoC Crew
 SoC LIVE  Isle of Mull off Port Askaig

  PICTURE: SoC CrewPICTURE: SoC CrewPICTURE: SoC Crew
Relief in the Western Isles: Loch Linnhe off Sconser, Lochnevis at Armadale and Raasay at Tobermory
 
18/12/07 CLYDE:
Bute
became the first vessel to commence loading at Rothesay’s new linkspan this evening. After many years of talking, the prospect of full drive-through operation is now at last a reality, with vessels using their stern ramps at Rothesay and continuing to berth bow-in at Wemyss Bay. The linkspan now becomes the main berth, while the old side-loading berth becomes the overnight berth for the 2a vessel.
 
14/12/07 WESTERN ISLES:
For the third morning running the 0700 to Port Ellen did not go to Port Ellen. The Isle Of Arran’s 0945hrs from Kennacraig did however go to Port Ellen as scheduled
 
13/12/07

WESTERN ISLES:
Hebridean Isles
was again diverted to Port Askaig with this morning's sailing, as was Isle of Arran.

 
12/12/07 WESTERN ISLES:
The Hebridean Isles’ 0700 sailing from Kennacraig was diverted to Port Askaig today due to strong southerly winds. She arrived Port Askaig at 0930.

The Isle of Arran's 0945 from Kennacraig to Port Ellen was also diverted to Port Askaig due to the continued strong winds. After unloading on Islay at 1245 she then left the berth so the Eilean Dhiura could use the linkspan and then the Heb Isles at 1530hrs. Isle of Arran anchored in Bunnahabhain Bay until she was ready to sail back to Port Askaig for the 1800hrs departure for Kennacraig.

PICTURE: G Pat Ile
 SoC LIVE  Isle of Arran in Bunnahabhain Bay this evening

 
09/12/07 WESTERN ISLES:
Oban - Coll - Tiree (Clansman):

Clansman failed to berth at Tiree but did manage to berth at Coll due to adverse weather conditions.
The next sailing from Oban will be Tuesday 11/12/07 at 0645 and from Tiree at 1100 as scheduled.

CLYDE:

Ardrossan - Brodick (Isle of Mull):
Due to an adverse weather forecast later today, this service may be the subject of disruptions or cancellations.

NORTHLINK FERRIES:
Aberdeen - Kirkwall (Hatston) - Lerwick (Hjaltland, Hrossey)
Hjaltland arrived in Lerwick at 0730 this morning, due to weather conditions at Aberdeen harbour she is scheduled for a delayed roster as follows:
* 2200 dep Lerwick
* 1000 - 1200 arr Aberdeen

Due to tidal conditions the 1700 sailing of the Hrossey from Aberdeen to Hatston and Lerwick has been delayed and will operate as follows:
* 0000 dep Aberdeen
* 0700 arr Kirkwall (Hatston)
* 0800 dep Kirkwall (Hatston)
* 1400 arr Lerwick

* Tomorrow
All times estimates depending on weather conditions.
 
08/12/07 WESTERN ISLES:
Ardmhor - Eriskay (Loch Bhrusda):

The remaining sailings: 1710 and 1815 have been cancelled due to adverse weather - there are no more sailings today.

Fionnphort - Iona (Loch Buie):

Due to adverse weather conditions the last sailing today will be the 1430 ex Iona.

Kennacraig - Port Ellen / Port Askaig (Hebridean Isles, Isle of Arran):
Hebridean Isles
timetabled 1300 sailing from Kennacraig today was diverted to Port Ellen due to the Jura ferry occupying the berth. The council vessel could not get off her berth at Port Askaig due to the high winds in the Sound of Islay which was a good 45-50knts.
She arrived at Port Ellen at 1530 then departed at 1550, the wind was also strong in Port Ellen today.
UPDATE 2200:
Isle of Arran
departed Kennacraig tonight at 1720 as timetabled and was due in at Port Ellen at 1940. However, due to the adverse weather she did not berth at Port Ellen until c2130.
She had to wait off the Pier until the wind which was gusting at 50knts died down before berthing safely.
The average wind speed was 45kts on Islay today. The average gusting wind was 53kts. Today was one of the windiest days Islay has had for a long time. Coupled with a heavy sea swell the two ferries retained a cancellation-free yet safe service to the island today, hats off to the crews!

CLYDE:
Tarbert - Lochranza / Portavadie (Loch Tarbert):
UPDATE 1145:
Due to the adverse weather this service has been cancelled for the remainder of the day.

Ardrossan - Brodick (Isle of Mull):
UPDATE 1030:
The 0530 ex Brodick additional sailing ran this morning & left about 20 cars.
The 0820 ex Brodick ran & left possibly more but at least 20 cars.
The 0945 sailing is just arriving in Brodick from Ardrossan. Isle of Mull is running 40mins late with volume of traffic & foot passengers using the car deck.
This service may be liable to disruption or cancellation throughout the day due to adverse weather.
UPDATE 1130:
The 1105 ex Brodick headed to Ardrossan 40mins late. Isle of Mull appeared to clear all the backlogged traffic on the sailing.
UPDATE 1800:
This service is currently running 35mins late due to volume of traffic.
Due to adverse weather conditions, there will be no 1920 service. All other sailings will be operating to timetable.
 
07/12/07 WESTERN ISLES:
The severe wind has also caused disruption with the Skye Bridge - the road has been shut for considerable periods for safety reasons over the last few days. A warning still remains for caution when crossing.

Ullapool - Stornoway (Isle of Lewis):
1030 sailing delayed until 1200 due to adverse weather.
Schedule for rest of the day will be reviewed on a sailing by sailing basis.
UPDATE 1520:
Isle of Lewis
appears to have left Ullapool slightly earlier than her anticipated delayed departure of 1200, she was at the mouth of Loch Broom by 1220. Her return departed Stornoway just after 1500 bound for Ullapool.

Ardmhor - Eriskay (Loch Bhrusda):
The 0925 from Barra and the return 1030 from Eriskay are now cancelled.
The next update will be at 1200.

Mallaig - Armadale (Lochnevis):
Is liable to disruption due to adverse weather condition. Some earlier sailings cancelled.

Fionnphort - Iona (Loch Buie):
Disrupted / delayed due to adverse weather.

CLYDE:
Largs - Cumbrae Slip (Loch Shira):
Is liable to disruption due to adverse weather condition.

Ardrossan - Brodick (Isle of Mull):
Due to an adverse weather forecast later today, this service may the subject of disruptions or cancellations.
UPDATE 1400:
1350 from Brodick and the 1515 from Ardrossan have been cancelled.
A review regarding the 1640 will be made at 1600.
UPDATE 1600:
Due to continuing adverse weather conditions the 1640 sailing from Brodick has been cancelled.
There will be no further sailings on this route today.
The next sailing weather permitting will be an unscheduled sailing at 0530 tomorrow.

RATHLIN FERRIES:
Ballycastle - Rathlin Island (Canna):
Disrupted / delayed due to adverse weather.
Due to adverse weather the 1500 from Rathlin & 1630 ex Ballycastle have been cancelled.
 
06/12/07 WESTERN ISLES:
Ullapool - Stornoway (Isle of Lewis):
UPDATE 1445:

The 1715 sailing between Ullapool and Stornoway has been cancelled.
Therefore the 0715 sailing between Stornoway and Ullapool tomorrow morning has also been cancelled.

Ardmhor - Eriskay (Loch Bhrusda):
The remaining sailings: 1710 and 1815 have been cancelled due to adverse weather - there are no more sailings today.

Oban - Lochboisdale - Castlebay (Clansman):
Possible disruption due to adverse weather forecast today.
UPDATE 1330:
Due to adverse weather conditions today's sailing has been cancelled.
The next sailing will be tomorrow at 0930 as per timetable.

Fionnphort - Iona (Loch Buie):
Disrupted / delayed due to adverse weather.
UPDATE 1600:
The 1800 and 1810 Return have been cancelled due to the adverse weather.

Mallaig - Armadale (Lochnevis):
Is liable to disruption due to adverse weather condition.
UPDATE 1445:
1600 ex Mallaig - Armadale has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

Mallaig - Rhum - Canna - Muck - Eigg (Lochnevis):
Is liable to disruption due to adverse weather conditions. A call at Canna may be unlikely due to berthing conditions.

CLYDE:
Wemyss Bay - Rothesay (Argyle, Bute):

Is liable to disruption due to adverse weather condition.
UPDATE 1330:
Due to technical problems with Bute there will be a one vessel service operating from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay.
The following temporary timetable is in effect using the Argyle:
1300 dep Wemyss Bay - Rothesay
1345 dep Rothesay - Wemyss Bay
1430 dep Wemyss Bay - Rothesay
1515 dep Rothesay - Wemyss Bay
1600 dep Wemyss Bay - Rothesay
1645 dep Rothesay - Wemyss Bay
Service Information will be updated at 1600.

Ardrossan - Brodick (Isle of Mull):

Due to an adverse weather forecast later today, this service may the subject of disruptions or cancellations.
UPDATE 1200:
The 1105 ex Brodick departed 10mins late due to volume of traffic.
Brodick Pier are advising people that the weather is closing in and the captain is unsure if the 1640 will sail this afternoon for safety reasons.
Anyone wanting to get away today is being advised to leave on the 1350.
UPDATE 1230:
Due to the deteriorating weather conditions the 1920 sailing from Brodick has been cancelled.
Passengers intending to travel on 1640 sailing should travel on 1350 and the 1800 from Ardrossan on the 1515.
UPDATE 1330:
Due to the deteriorating weather conditions the 1350 sailing from Brodick and the 1515 sailing from Ardrossan have been cancelled.
The situation will be reviewed at 1600 although the weather is expected to worsen this afternoon.
UPDATE 1600:
Due to the continuing adverse weather conditions there will be no further sailings on this route today.
As a result of Isle of Mull berthing in Brodick overnight the 0700 sailing from Ardrossan tomorrow has also been cancelled

NORTHLINK FERRIES:
Scrabster - Stromness (Hamnavoe)
Hamnavoe departed Stromness at 0900 to arrive in Scrabster at 1030.
Due to adverse weather conditions the following revised timetable will operate today:
Depart Stromness 0900    Depart Scrabster 1315
Depart Stromness 1645    Depart Scrabster 1900
UPDATE 1500:
Hamnavoe arrived in Stromness at 1445. The next Scheduled sailing will leave Stromness at 1645 arriving in Scrabster at 1815.
Due to adverse weather conditions the 0630 sailing from Stromness and the 0845 sailing from Scrabster are cancelled tomorrow.
All further sailings will operate as scheduled.

Aberdeen - Kirkwall (Hatston) - Lerwick (Hjaltland, Hrossey)
Hjaltland arrived in Aberdeen at 0700 and is scheduled for departure at 1700 sailing for Hatston and Lerwick.
The Northbound call to Kirkwall (Hatston) is subject to cancellation dependant on weather conditions in Orkney at the scheduled time of arrival.
If able to berth, Hjaltland is scheduled to depart from Kirkwall (Hatston) at 2345 sailing to Lerwick.
 
05/12/07 WESTERN ISLES:
Loch Buie
is now back at Iona after making the dash from Craignure earlier today. Loch Riddon is expected to head south - destination unclear at the moment.

Ullapool - Stornoway (Isle of Lewis):
Is liable to disruption due to adverse weather conditions.
UPDATE 1300:
Isle of Lewis is currently mid-Minch making for Stornoway.
1345 sailing ex Stornoway & 1715 sailing ex Ullapool have been cancelled due to adverse weather.

Ullapool - Stornoway, Freight (Muirneag):
Delayed due to adverse weather.

Uig - Lochmaddy (Hebrides):
UPDATE 1030:
Disrupted due to adverse weather conditions. Amended timetable operating as follows:
0940 dep Uig
1125 arr Lochmaddy
1135 dep Lochmaddy
1510 arr Uig (via Tarbert, Harris)
1530 dep Uig
1710 arr Lochmaddy
All is weather permitting and all times subject to change. Please check official site above for current information.
UPDATE 1300:
Hebrides is currently nearing Tarbert on her revised timetable (see above).

Ardmhor - Eriskay (Loch Bhrusda):
The remaining sailings: 1710 and 1815 have been cancelled due to adverse weather - there are no more sailings today.

Mallaig - Armadale (Lochnevis):
Is liable to disruption due to adverse weather condition.
UPDATE 1445:
Remaining sailings cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

Mallaig - Rhum - Canna - Muck - Eigg (Lochnevis):
Is liable to disruption due to adverse weather conditions.
 
Fionnphort - Iona (Loch Riddon, Loch Buie):
UPDATE 1545:
Remaining sailings cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

Kennacraig - Port Ellen / Port Askaig (Hebridean Isles, Isle of Arran):

Due to adverse weather the following sailings will operate to and from Port Askaig and not Port Ellen as per timetable.
1800 ex Port Ellen - Kennacraig (Isle of Arran)
1800 ex Kennacraig - Port Ellen (and return tomorrow) (Hebridean Isles)

PICTURE: SoC Crew
Port Ellen minus any ferries

 
CLYDE:

Ardrossan - Brodick (Isle of Mull):

UPDATE 1030:
Disrupted due to adverse weather conditions.
The 0820 sailing has been diverted to Gourock. The 0945 sailing from Ardrossan will be a delayed departure from Gourock and vehicle drivers are advised to be at Gourock for 1015.
The 1105 sailing from Brodick and the 1230 sailing from Ardrossan have been cancelled. A decision regarding any further sailing will be made at 1300.
  UPDATE 1300:
Isle of Mull has just arrived (1315) from Gourock and has tied up at Brodick.
The 1350 sailing from Brodick will be heading for Ardrossan although berthing is not guaranteed.
Due to the worsening weather any further sailings later today may be liable to disruption or cancellation at short notice.
UPDATE 1530:
1515 departure to Brodick left Ardrossan at 1530.
Isle of Mull will sail to Brodick and after she arrives there will be no further sailings today.
A decision will be made in the morning regarding the 0820 ex Brodick.

Largs - Cumbrae Slip (Loch Shira, Loch Riddon):
Is liable to disruption due to adverse weather condition.
UPDATE 1845:
Loch Shira is once again heading up the firth to Gourock where she will spend the night sheltering from the adverse winds.

RATHLIN FERRIES:
Ballycastle - Rathlin Island (Canna):
Due to adverse weather the 1500 from Rathlin & 1600 ex Ballycastle have been cancelled.

PICTURE: John Crae
Isle of Mull diverted to Gourock

PICTURE: Andycam
Loch Shira arriving in Largs

  NORTHLINK FERRIES:
Lerwick - Kirkwall (Hatston) - Aberdeen (Hjaltland, Hrossey):
Due to adverse weather conditions expected tonight, the sailing at 1730 ex Lerwick - Kirkwall - Aberdeen will omit the scheduled 2345 call at Kirkwall. Hjaltland will sail direct to Aberdeen from Shetland.
The next scheduled departure from Kirkwall (Hatston) will be the 2345 sailing to Lerwick tomorrow 06/12/07.
 
04/12/07 WESTERN ISLES:
Loch Buie
is currently berthed at the North Pier in Oban. She will spend the night there and make for Mull tomorrow morning (weather dependent).
Loch Striven is currently berthed at Rothesay wile Loch Alainn remains in Ardmaleish Boat Yard.

Ullapool - Stornoway, Freight (Muirneag):
Delayed due to adverse weather.
UPDATE:
Cancelled for the remainder of the day due to adverse weather.

Ullapool - Stornoway (Isle of Lewis):
UPDATE 1330:
Cancelled for the remainder of the day due to adverse weather.

Ardmhor - Eriskay (Loch Bhrusda):
The remaining sailings: 1710 and 1815 have been cancelled due to adverse weather - there are no more sailings today.

Oban - Lochboisdale / Castlebay - Oban (Clansman):
Due to an adverse weather forecast, today's 1530 sailing to Lochboisdale (only) has been cancelled.
 he service from Oban to Castlebay is still scheduled to depart Oban at 1530 today.
Similarly, tomorrow's sailing from Lochboisdale to Oban at 0730 has also been cancelled, but the Castlebay to Oban sailing at 0935 is still scheduled to depart as per timetable.

Sconser - Raasay (Loch Striven):
UPDATE 1300:
May be liable to disruption / delays. Departures are currently being reviewed on a sailing to sailing basis due to adverse weather.
UPDATE:
Cancelled for the remainder of the day due to adverse weather.

Mallaig - Rhum - Canna - Muck - Eigg (Lochnevis):
UPDATE 1300:
May be liable to disruption / delays due to adverse weather.

Fionnphort - Iona (Loch Riddon):
Due to adverse weather conditions the 1630 sailing from Iona will be the last sailing of the day.

Kennacraig - Port Ellen / Port Askaig (Hebridean Isles, Isle of Arran):
Due to impending adverse weather conditions the 1800 sailing from Port Ellen has been cancelled.
There will be an additional sailing from Port Ellen at 0700 tomorrow and the service will continue as per timetable thereafter.

CLYDE:
Loch Shira
is heading to Gourock top wires tonight. It is expected a south or southwest 9 gale is on its way which means she cant lie at Fairlie which is exposed. She is leaving Largs after the last run at 2030 and will be back to Largs for the 0645 tomorrow morning.

Ardrossan - Brodick (Isle of Mull):
UPDATE 1300:
May be liable to disruption / delays due to adverse weather.
1350 ex Brodick is about to sail to Ardrossan
1640 ex Brodick will be reviewed later may sail to Gourock
1920 ex Brodick today & 0700 ex Ardrossan tomorrow have been cancelled

NORTHLINK FERRIES:
As of 1955 all routes appear to be operating as scheduled.
 
03/12/07 WESTERN ISLES:
Kennacraig - Port Ellen / Port Askaig (Hebridean Isles, Isle of Arran):
SERVICE REMINDER:
Due to ongoing Pier Work at Port Askaig the 1720 sailings from Kennacraig on Mondays and return sailings at 0700 on Tuesdays from Port Askaig will continue to operate to and from Port Ellen for the foreseeable future.

CLYDE:
Isle of Mull
settled down into Clyde relief service and today carried out a full day of Arran sailings without being diverted to Gourock. One of our crew was on hand during the day - see the pictures below:

PICTURE: SoC CrewPICTURE: SoC CrewPICTURE: SoC Crew
Isle of Mull 1) crossing from Arran, 2) Lying at Brodick and 3) departing Ardrossan

 
02/12/07 WESTERN ISLES:
Loch Linnhe
arrived at Raasay at 1100 and is now in service on the Sconser - Raasay route. Loch Striven left Raasay at 1130 to commence her journey to Ardmaleish. We are unsure where she is spending tonight but it is likely to be either Tobermory or Craignure.

CLYDE:
Loch Buie
left Rothesay this afternoon and called in at Rhubodach to collect crew cars, before heading down in the direction of the Kilbrannan Sound. She expected back at Fionnphort during the next week sometime to resume service and relieve the Loch Riddon.

PICTURE: SoC Forum, Fladda
Loch Linnhe and Loch Striven at Raasay today

 
01/12/07 CLYDE:
Isle of Mull
suffered her first weather-related disruption of her relief service today. Her 0820 sailing from Brodick was diverted to Gourock, where she arrived at 1030. After loading traffic sent up from Ardrossan by road, she then left again at 1100, passing Jupiter off Kempock Point. She reached Brodick at 1310 and the decision was then taken to cancel the 1350 sailing. She next sailed at 1640 and again made for Gourock instead of Ardrossan. She left around 1900 for the return sailing to Brodick. It is expected that Isle of Mull will be visiting Gourock quite a bit during her stint on the Arran run. We understand that she will not attempt the tight turn in Ardrossan harbour in winds above 25-30 knots.

WESTERN ISLES:
Loch Riddon
did not sail again after her 1530 ex Iona due to weather conditions. Loch Ranza was also affected by the weather and her 1705 round trip from Gigha was cancelled.

PICTURE: SoC Crew
Isle of Mull passing Jupiter off Gourock

 
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