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The NI Ferry website is reporting that CalMac have bought a second hand, but relatively recent, ferry from Norway to boost its fleet. 

https://www.niferry.co.uk/new-ferry-purchased-for-scottish-island-services/

Apparently some changes will be needed before it goes into service and presumably that includes removing all the incomprehensible signage onboard and replacing it with more succinct Scottish wording.

Ed

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And Calmac's woes continue.

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/19654201.calmac-island-vessel-action-week-brings-ferry-route-halt/

https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/19655949.two-calmac-island-ferries-action-new-disruption-hits-lifeline-services/

Friends of ours live on Kerrera, an island with no school, no facilities other than a cafe and a farm shop, so as a community they are dependent on ferries. Thankfully CalMac operates a 4 year old ferry on their route and there is another ferry servicing the marina.

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6 hours ago, elaine80 said:

And Calmac's woes continue.

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/19654201.calmac-island-vessel-action-week-brings-ferry-route-halt/

https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/19655949.two-calmac-island-ferries-action-new-disruption-hits-lifeline-services/

Friends of ours live on Kerrera, an island with no school, no facilities other than a cafe and a farm shop, so as a community they are dependent on ferries. Thankfully CalMac operates a 4 year old ferry on their route and there is another ferry servicing the marina.

Isn't Kerrera the one with the shortest crossing in the fleet? I think the ferry actually uses outboard motors so if one breaks down you just swap it for another. 

Ed

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They have, as of this week, moved to their winter timetable, which will hopefully provide them with more opportunities to repair the fleet. Loch Seaforth is currently down in Liverpool for planned maintenance with Hebridean Isles covering. 

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2 hours ago, Tumnus2010 said:

They have, as of this week, moved to their winter timetable, which will hopefully provide them with more opportunities to repair the fleet. Loch Seaforth is currently down in Liverpool for planned maintenance with Hebridean Isles covering. 

Umm.. I think if you look at Marine Traffic it is 'Isle of Lewis' that is doing Stornoway-Ullapool, if it was Hebridean Isles it simply would not cope. CalMac do play 'musical ferries' (like most ferry companies) during the Winter, but some vessels are inadequate for some routes so the 'next best' is used and the others shuffled around to suit.

Going back to BF I seem to remember Armourique appearing at Santander one winter due to planned overhauls/scrubber fitment and breakdowns.

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2 hours ago, Barry Thomas said:

Umm.. I think if you look at Marine Traffic it is 'Isle of Lewis' that is doing Stornoway-Ullapool, if it was Hebridean Isles it simply would not cope

Sorry, should have been more specific. She's covering the freight. Arrow is due to reappear to cover for a short time as well. Isle of Lewis is also on the route.

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On 20/10/2021 at 05:05, Cabin-boy said:

Isn't Kerrera the one with the shortest crossing in the fleet? I think the ferry actually uses outboard motors so if one breaks down you just swap it for another. 

Ed

The Calmac ferry used on Gallanach-Kerrera is the MV Carvoria which runs on two outboards. The island is currently having a road built to run north-south so in future the ferry might carry cars rather than just foot passengers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Carvoria

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