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Ferry operator CalMac is making further changes to its West Coast services to absorb ongoing capacity issues resulting from the MV Clansman still being in dry dock.
The Clansman is awaiting the return of her propulsion unit sent to Denmark for repairs.
‘The pressure on our services during this busy holiday period and the fact that we are a major vessel down means we have had to tweak our services to meet demand as best we can within the resources we are currently operating,’ said CalMac’s head of operations (north) Robert Morrison.
CalMac will be redeploying these vessels to the following routes:
MV Hebrides will return to Uig-Tarbert/Lochmaddy.
MV Lord of the Isles will be redeployed to Oban to carry out Oban-Coll/Tiree and Colonsay services.
MV Hebridean Isles will be redeployed to Lochboisdale to carry out daily Lochboisdale-Oban service.
All these vessel movements are subject to weather as the adverse conditions forecast for the coming days may impact on their ability to redeploy. Services will commence as soon as operationally possible.
‘We appreciate that this change will mean MV Lord of the Isles is not available to cover Mallaig Armadale services. However, we are working through alternative small vessel options to provide some added resilience to the route. We will continue to update customers in the coming days as the situation progresses,’ said Mr Morrison.
‘We apologise for the disruption over the past few days to our North Uist and Harris customers in particular.
‘With the current limited availability of vessels at our disposal, we are constrained in our alternative service options, while having to balance the lifeline needs of all our communities. We hope this new redeployment will address most of the capacity issues experienced on the Uig triangle services over the past few days.
‘I would like to express my thanks to our port staff and crew who worked tirelessly over the Easter weekend to continue to deliver as many services as possible.’
CalMac is urging passengers using these amended services to check the website for the latest information.