No time to say Goodbye

Following the technical problems with the MV Hebrides at Lochmaddy
that resulted in the ferry colliding with nearby pontoons
and striking rocks below the waterline
the vessel will move to Garvel Docks, Greenock.

The MV Hebrides
The MV Hebrides

As a consequence the MV Clansman is being redeployed to the Uig Triangle
and the MV Lord of the Isles removed from the Mallaig / Lochboisdale route
to take the place of the MV Clansman, the dedicated vessel for Oban, Coll, and Tiree.

The MV Clansman stormbound in Oban
The MV Clansman stormbound in Oban

With an improvement in the weather conditions, the wind speeds having dropped,
the MV Clansman and the MV Lord of the Isles were repositioned
on the Thursday afternoon – 29th September 2016
and the Hebrides began her journey south.

The MV Hebrides on a previous visit to Tiree
The MV Hebrides on a previous visit to Tiree

Tuesday’s sailing from Oban to Coll and Tiree was cancelled.
Wednesday’s sailing was brought forward by an hour and a quarter.
The ferry sailed direct to Tiree, making only the one call at the Isle of Coll.
Thursday morning’s timetabled sailing was cancelled for ‘weather related reasons!’
[Or was it for operational reasons – to allow the vessel to sail directly to Lochboisdale?]

The MV Clansman rests before her early morning sail to Tiree
The MV Clansman rests before her early morning sail to Tiree

Thus Wednesday’s crossing of the Clansman to Tiree is the last for the time being.
There was no opportunity to say either “Farewell” or “Haste ye back!”
On the other hand we welcome the MV Lord of the Isles.

The MV Lord of the Isles
The MV Lord of the Isles

CalMac’s latest news briefing . . .
Caledonian MacBrayne’s ferry MV Hebrides,
which was involved in an incident on North Uist on Sunday (September 25),
successfully sailed from Lochmaddy harbour shortly after 1515 today
(Thursday September 29).

 

Marine Traffic screenshots of the vessel movements.

CalMac advise that ‘these contingencies will remain in place for at least a week.’
Passengers are advised to check CalMac’s website at www.calmac.co.uk
and the company’s social media channels regularly for updates.

The MV Lord of the Isles on a previous visit to Tiree
The MV Lord of the Isles on a previous visit to Tiree

CalMac state,
“For Coll, Tiree and Colonsay, LOTI is an already familiar face,
having served these routes well for many years.
Our crews and port staff have worked tirelessly with us
on these contingencies and are as much a part of the choices,
based on their exceptional knowledge of the network and our communities.
We offer genuine thanks to both them and all our passengers who have been so patient.”
Full details of these timetabling changes can be found on their website.

MV Lord of the Isles in the choppy waters of Gott Bay
MV Lord of the Isles in the choppy waters of Gott Bay

Life on Tiree is never dull.

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