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MV Hebrides arrived at the James Watt dock in Greenock on Friday morning and repairs started to rectify the damage sustained when the vessel struck Lochmaddy pier on North Uist last week.
In a statement, CalMac said a specialist team is now in the process of inspecting and preparing to cut away the damaged sections and until this is complete, it will not be possible to get an estimated timeline for return to service.
‘They are working 24 hours on the repairs and we expect to have an estimate for completion available on Monday,’ said the company.
‘Our teams are working hard to help passengers complete their journeys and ensuring that essential supplies continue to reach the islands.’
The incident left the Uists without a single CalMac ferry to the mainland, after MV Lord of the Isles, was withdrawn from service on Tuesday for essential repairs to its firefighting system.
The situation saw the Western Isles council issue an urgent call to the Scottish Government to charter the catamaran MV Pentalina.
CalMac redeployed the MV Hebridean Isles to provide one sailing between Oban/Lochboisdale on Frida, before repositioning to Lochmaddy to pick up service to Uig yesterday (Saturday) morning.
MV Hebridean Isles is now operating a Lochmaddy – Uig service only due to capacity and dead weight constraints. Tarbert traffic is being diverted via Stornoway to Ullapool.