Essential ferry maintenance delayed

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Essential maintenance which was scheduled to take place on MV Caledonian Isles has had to be delayed after the backup vessel, MV Isle of Arran, was redeployed earlier this week on the Oban to Castlebay route due to cracks being discovered on its regular ferry.

MV Isle of Lewis developed a crack in her hull and after quayside repairs were unsuccessful she was dispatched to Greenock for further urgent repairs.

The reshuffle of vessels resulted in a number of sailing across the network being disrupted with Barra traffic the worst affected with a 165 mile island hopping diversion route via Mallaig, South Uist and Eriskay to get to Castlebay.

This left all MV Isle of Arran sailings on the Ardrossan to Brodick route cancelled on both Monday and Tuesday with the vessel returning to service on Wednesday morning.

To help cope with the addition demand during the summer holidays, MV Loch Linnhe was deployed to the Lochranza to Claonaig route to assist the MV Catriona while MV Isle of Arran was out of service on Arran.

The planned works on MV Caledonian Isles will now take place on Monday July 29, with the ferry coming off service 5.35pm with a planned return the following day for the 3.20pm sailing from Ardrossan.

A spokesman for CalMac said: ‘ We thank our customers for their patience during this period of disruption and apologise for any inconvenience caused.’

 

Vehicles disembark from the MV Isle of Arran in Brodick following her return to service on Wednesday morning. 01_B30boat01