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A knock-on effect of the MV Clansman’s extended dry dock has required CalMac to reshuffle its fleet.
The Clansman is having extensive repairs done to her propulsion system in Scandinavia.
The MV Hebridean Isles is moving to operate the Uig-Tarbert-Lochmaddy triangle and MV Hebrides will sail south to service Tiree, Coll and Colonsay before heading for her own delayed overhaul when the MV Clansman returns.
‘With only a limited number of major vessels in the fleet, when one is unexpectedly out of service we need to use the resources we have to maintain reliable operations to every community that depends on us,’ said CalMac’s head of operations (north) Robert Morrison.
‘We understand this will cause disruption to the communities on North Uist and Harris, which we apologise for. It is, however, the best solution within the resources we currently have to deliver reliable services.
‘We will provide every assistance to disrupted customers travelling Uig-Tarbert and Uig-Lochmaddy, which may involve alternative sailings or re-routing to other served ports to make connections.’
The MV Hebridean Isles was involved in a docking incident at Tiree in February which is still under investigation.
‘Until all the circumstances of this incident have been formally investigated, we have no choice but to deploy MV Hebrides on to this route until the MV Clansman returns to service,’ added Mr Morrison.