Safety First

It’s that time of the year when you are very conscious of the weather.
Ferry and plane operations are both weather dependent.
Fog and crosswinds result in cancellation of the plane.
High winds and swell play havoc with the ferry.
It is just a fact of island life.

White horses, breaking waves and bright sunshine
White horses, breaking waves and bright sunshine

The Press and Journal reported that Barra had no ferry from Tuesday to Saturday.
Some on the island put the blame on the ferry company.
‘The ferry on the route was not suitable.”

Saturday and a welcome sight - the first ferry since Tuesday
Saturday and a welcome sight – the first ferry since Tuesday

Tiree had no ferry either from Tuesday to Saturday.
The fact is that we are in the month of February.
It comes as no surprise that it is stormy.

The MV Clansman with stopped capped Ben More for a backdrop
The MV Clansman with snow capped Ben More for a backdrop

Safety of ship, crew, pier staff and passengers must come first.
High winds and swell make it extremely difficult for Ro-Ro ferries.
Stern ramps and link-spans are not safe places in such conditions.
I marvel at just how much strain is put on the ferry’s stern and bow ropes.

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Safety first in a week that has brought a right mixed bag of weather.
There have been days of high winds and bright skies.
There have been calmer days and grey skies.
There have been amazing night skies with:
Star after star and a new moon.

Ben More on the Isle of Mull viewed from the Memorial Scarinish

Today neighbouring islands have often stood out.
Sometimes it has been against a black backdrop.
At other times they have been lit up by the sun.
This has been the pattern this weekend.

All at sea- an island view

And the sea.
It has been like a mirror.
Sometimes it has been leaden.
At other times it has been so blue.
And at sundown red clouds have turned Gott Bay shades of red.

All at sea- an island view

The moon waxing bright over Tiree at sundown
The moon waxing bright over Tiree at sundown

This is ‘Life on Tiree’ with the ferry on a red alert
No ferry on Monday – Next ferry Tuesday!
Still enjoying island life.

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