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 DATE  NEWS
29/04/06 Clyde:
Caledonian Isles departed Brodick at 1405 and is expected to arrive in Ardrossan at 1500. She should have been in Ardrossan at 1445 and out again at 1515.
 
28/04/06 Terminals:
Due to engineering work on the railway line between Inverkip and Wemyss Bay between Monday 1 May and Friday 5 May, CalMac have been advised by First Scotrail that train services will terminate at Inverkip and a replacement bus will operate between Inverkip and Wemyss Bay. Due to the timing of the bus, CalMac have agreed with First Scotrail to delay the 1945 departure from Wemyss Bay by 10 minutes and on Friday the 2040 sailing, again by 10 minutes.

Past Fleet:
PS Waverly did not make Port Ellen on her Western Isles tour today due to adverse weather / wind.
 
25/04/06 Western Isles:
Sound of Harris Route. Due to adverse weather conditions and low tides, the 12.05 sailing from Berneray and the 13.30 sailing from Leverburgh have been cancelled.
Hebridean Isles was late coming in to Port Ellen tonight due to adverse weather. She did not berth until approx 2040.

Past Fleet:
On Friday 28th April the PS Waverly is due in to Port Ellen on her Western Isles tour.

Picture Credit: SoC (Elliott Bowman)
Hebridean Isles' delayed arrival

 
24/04/06 Western Isles:
Loch Bhrusda remained on Roster until 1340 when the adverse weather caught up with her. As did the Loch Striven at Raasay, she remained on  Roster until 1745.
Sound of Harris Route.
Due to Low Tides, the following sailings are cancelled:
Wednesday 26/4 Dep Lev @ 1205 Dep Bern @ 1330
Thursday 27/4 Dep Bern @ 1205 Dep Lev @ 1330
Friday 28/4 Dep Bern @ 1040 Dep Lev @1205 &  Friday 28/4 Dep Bern @ 1330 Dep Lev @ 1445 Alternative sailings for Friday only: Depart Bern 0940 Dep Lev 1050
Isle of Lewis was storm bound at Ullapool this afternoon due to adverse weather.
Lochnevis didn't make Eigg due to the bad weather conditions - she returned to Mallaig.


Clyde:
Alicat missed the 1745 / 1815 due to adverse weather. She spent time resting at Dunoon. Coruisk also fell victim to the adverse conditions, she came off Roster at 1441. Loch Tarbert missed her 1430 / 1505 and 1545 / 1630 sailing due to the bad weather. She resumed her roster at 1715 but unable to berth Claonaig. She returned to Lochranza and remained there for the rest of the day.
 
23/04/06 Clyde:
Bute swapped from the No 2A Roster which she was on until 1420, to the No 2 Roster from 1515. Juno followed suit swapping from  the No 2 Roster at 1505 to the No 2A Roster at 1600.
 
20/04/06 Western Isles:
Hebridean Isles was late departing Port Askaig this afternoon. This delay was caused on her outward run from Kennacraig when she was 35 minutes late due to a ballast problem. She caught up 10 minutes by the time she left Port Askaig and then made up time later in the day and was in at Port Ellen tonight at 2020.

Clyde:
It is expected that Jupiter is bound for the Garvel dry-dock for her annual overhaul on the 28th of this month. Confirmation to follow.

Picture Credit: SoC (Elliott Bowman)
Hebridean Isles arriving at Port Ellen

 
17/04/06 Muirneag arrived on the Mersey this morning at 1130 for her annual overhaul. She later entered and docked in Dry-Dock number 6.

Western Isles:
Isle of Arran
took over the double freight service at 0030 Stornoway-Ullapool and back today. She is expected to give two freight runs nightly:
1800 ex Stornoway & 2145 ex Ullapool
0130 ex Stornoway & 0515 ex Ullapool

Picture Credit: Michael Bracken
Muirneag Arrives on the Mersey

 
16/04/06 Western Isles:
Muirneag left Stornoway yesterday at 2100, passing the inbound Isle of Arran heading into port to take over on the freight runs from Ullapool - Stornoway.
 
15/04/06 Clyde:
Bute made for Gourock this afternoon to berth at company HQ to undergo planned work by divers on her hull. She is expected to take up roster again at 1010 tomorrow ex Rothesay.

Past Fleet:
A message from Loch Lomond Steamship Company director John Beveridge is that the slipping of the Maid of the Loch at Balloch is now scheduled for Wednesday 26th April - delay due to longer than anticipated underwater work The 'Maid' is currently undergoing restoration work. She was a one time member of the CSP Fleet disposed of in 1982.
 
14/04/06 Western Isles / Clyde:
Isle of Arran departed Brodick this morning around 0800 and sailed direct to Port Askaig. She's was noted en route to Kennacraig at 1830.

Past Fleet:
The veteran and one time CalMac fleet member, Waverley maid her first sailing of the season today with a trip down the Clyde to Rothesay. The preserved paddler's summer schedule can be found on her website. Check the links page for more information.

Picture Credit: Charles McCrossan
Waverley & Bute at Rothesay

 
13/04/06 Clyde:
Caledonian Isles departed Ardrossan at 1835 and is expected to arrive in Brodick at approx 1930. She will then depart again for Ardrossan as soon as possible to help clear the back logs of traffic created with her recent absence and her smaller relief's capacity.

Western Isles:
Isle of Arran is due to leave Ardrossan today bound for Islay. She is to undertake a few Freight rosters before retuning north to Stornoway to relieve Muirneag allowing the freight ship to go for annual overhaul.
 
12/04/06 Clyde:
Isle of Cumbrae
relieved Loch Riddon on the Tarbert - Portavadie service on the afternoon of Thursday 30th March. Loch Riddon moved to Largs as second vessel for summer service on Thursday 30th March. Loch Bhrusda sailed from Largs on completion of ramp trails to Campbeltown to overnight on Saturday 8th April.

Western Isles:
Loch Bhrusda sailed on Sunday morning for Tobermory to overnight before heading out to Barra on Monday. Loch Linnhe, relieved by Loch Bhrusda, headed from Barra back to Tobermory on Monday 10th April, to relieve Raasay.

Northern Ireland:
Raasay sailed from Tobermory to Ballycastle on Tuesday 11th April, to relieve Canna. Canna was due to sail on Wednesday for Corpach, possibly via Oban for overnight stop.
 
08/04/06 Clyde:
Following her recent gearbox repairs, Loch Bhrusda left JWD and was berthed at Largs outer berth adjacent to Loch Riddon this afternoon. She will next return to the Sound of Barra and let the Loch Linnhe move back to Tobermory for her summer employment.

Western Isles:
The Hebridean Isles is to undertake an extra sailing tonight due to the normally large United Auctions Easter sale on Islay. There is a vast amount of floats due in and out of the island's southern Port. The sailing is departing Kennacraig at 1800s, arriving Port Ellen 2020, dep Port Ellen at 2045 arr Kennacraig 2305. There is also an extra on Sunday morning dep Kennacraig at 0700 arr Port Ellen 0920, and sticking to the normal Sunday Sailings throughout the rest of the day. These sailings can be booked in the normal way for the public as noted on CalMac posters about Islay.

Picture Credit: Robbie Mathieson
Lochs Alainn, Bhrusda and Riddon at Largs this afternoon

 
07/04/06 Clyde:
After undergoing a deep clean by external specialists, Caledonian Isles returned to service this afternoon on the Ardrossan - Brodick route, albeit running a reported 40 minutes late at one point. Her relief, Isle of Arran, lay at the old Burns and Laird berth having completed her spell of emergency relief duty.
Loch Tarbert was off service for a spell this afternoon due to mechanical problems but resumed the Claonaig - Lochranza roster with the 1545 from Lochranza.

Western Isles:
After arrival at Oban, Clansman was taken out of service with engine problems, she vacated the linkspan and headed to the lighthouse pier. As a result at 1600 Lord of the Isles took the mull roster at 1600 / 1700, 1800 / 1900 as at one point she may have had to go out to Barra. Isle of Mull thus hovered in the harbour until 1605 after her 1500 Mull run and then took the 1700 to Colonsay. Lord of the Isles went back on schedule with the 2230 Craignure run and Clansman (after her fault was fixed) sailed on a delayed 1340 sailing at 2000 to Barra- due 0100 / 0120 arr Oban 0620 Sat.

Picture Credit: Graham Wilson, SoC Crew
Isle of Arran turning for Brodick

Picture Credit: David Fairclough
Clansman at the Lighthouse berth

 
05/04/06 Western Isles:
Lochan was chartered for one day from Bruce Watt in lieu of Lochnevis who was out of service. She sailed from Mallaig to; Rum - Mallaig - Canna - Rum - Mallaig.

Clyde:
Caledonian Isles
is being withdrawn from service for 48 hours following a number of the crew being struck down by a Norovirus infection. Steps were taken to eliminate the risk of the infection spreading, however the time off is required to facilitate 'decontamination' of the vessel. A reduced capacity service to Brodick will be provided by Isle of Arran which left Stornoway shortly before lunchtime today bound for Ardrossan. She will return to her original route for two days, commencing with the 0700 sailing to Brodick. She is later due to relieve Muirneag on the freight run across the Minch when the regular ship goes for her overhaul.
 
04/04/06 Western Isles:
Lochnevis
was off service today with technical problems today. She will possibly be off tomorrow for further investigation.

Clyde:

It is reported that construction work has finally begun on the new Cumbrae ferry at the Ferguson's yard in Port Glasgow. This vessel, still to be named, is due into service during the 2007 season and will be one of the larger members of the Loch Class, releasing Loch Riddon to move to the Oban - Lismore route. We will keep you updated with the newbuild's progress over the coming months

Bute and Juno have been confirmed as the two Bute ferries this summer rostered on the Wemyss Bay - Rothesay.

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03/04/06 Caledonian MacBrayne Press Releases:
Caledonian MacBrayne name new Rothesay Ferry
Ferry operator, Caledonian MacBrayne has confirmed that the name of its new ship to service the Isle of Bute will be Argyle. The vessel, currently being built by the Remontowa Group in Gdansk, Poland, is due to enter service at the end of 2006.
The new vessel with a contract value of 9 million will be a sister-ship for Bute, currently the newest vessel in the CalMac fleet. She was introduced onto the Wemyss Bay - Rothesay route in July 2005.
Confirming the name of the new ship today (Monday 3 April), CalMac’s Chairman, Dr Harold Mills said: “the name Argyle is singularly appropriate for the new Wemyss Bay - Rothesay ferry. It is important for safety reasons that the name is not held by any other vessel and Argyle, with the old spelling, fits the bill. MV Argyle will be the seventh vessel to bear the name. The best known of all the Clyde paddle steamers named Argyle was actually the successor to the first Bute on the service from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay, as well as to Innellan, Largs and Millport. Coincidentally, the seventh Argyle will be the sister ship of the seventh Bute”.
Dr Mills continued: “When Argyle joins Bute later this year, the Company will achieve its objective in providing a ferry service appropriate to the 21st Century. Technical Director John Kerr said “Like Bute, the sister vessel is being been built with passenger comfort in mind. We know from our experience of the Bute the enhanced facilities offered and different style of seating arrangement were all very well received. Bute has set new standards for our commuter type service and we believe that we are offering both the quality of onboard facility that the customers of today expect and that we as the lifeline ferry service provider believe are entitled to”.
The new vessel will be 72m long and 15.3m breadth, with a moulded depth of 5m. She will able to carry 60 cars and 450 passengers and this will further increase capacity on CalMac’s busiest route
Further details on Argyle’s progress and her anticipated arrival on the Clyde will be regularly updated on CalMac’s website, www.calmac.co.uk.

Caledonian MacBrayne confirms start of enhanced Sound of Harris service (external link)
 
01/04/06 Clyde:
Ardrossan - Brodick
There will again be a two ship operation for Arran this year, repeating last years introduction of Saturn on the Ardrossan - Brodick roster. Saturn will join Caledonian Isles again on Tuesday 27th June and will stay pairing her until Thursday 31st August 2006. Saturn's timetable will roughly consist of the following; from Monday to Saturday she will take the the first 0715 sailing ex Brodick and will complete 3 return crossings a day (not Saturdays), the last being the 1830 sailing ex Ardrossan. On Sundays her first sailing sailing will be ex Brodick at 1025 and she will undertake 2 return crossings, the last being the 1830 ex Brodick. A new Ardrossan - Brodick timetable for this extra service will be published nearer the time.
(check external link above)

Also at Arran:
From Spring - Autumn 2006 there should be no problems for the BP Oils tanker berthing at Brodick Depot at night. The tanker berths at the Ferry Linkspan at Brodick and the Caledonian Isles is scheduled to berth overnight at Ardrossan, this will allow the Tanker to pump fuel into the storage tanks at Brodick depot and offload at night. The tanker should be either the Border Springer Border Heather or Border Thistle.

Lochranza - Claonaig
From Monday to Saturday the first 0815 sailing ex Lochranza will operate for 9 return sailings a day, the last being the 1900 sailing ex Claonaig. Every Sunday the first 0930 sailing will be ex Lochranza for 8 return sailings a day, the last being the 1900 sailing ex Claonaig. Loch Tarbert will berth overnight at Lochranza.

Caledonian MacBrayne Press Releases:
CalMac in 2007 Already
CalMac achieves Environmental Accreditation
CalMac to Introduce Seven Day Service for Sound of Harris
A Life on the Ocean Wave
Caledonian MacBrayne and JoLomo team up again!
(all above are external links to CalMac's website)
 
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