Ferry good news for Tarbert…at last!

MV Hebrides sets off for dry dock yesterday

Today a normal ferry service returns to the Tarbert-Uig route for the first time since last Saturday with the mv Clansman in the role of lifeline provider.
Meanwhile Caledonian MacBrayne's ferry MV Hebrides, which was involved in the damaging incident on North Uist on Sunday (September 25), successfully sailed from Lochmaddy harbour shortly after 1500 yesterday (Thursday September 29).  The ship will now undertake the passage from the Western Isles to the Clyde under her own power and will enter dry dock in Greenock at the weekend.
Her move freed up the linkspan at Lochmaddy and MV Clansman was the first vessel to dock at the port since Sunday. She was closely followed by mv Isle of Lewis. Both ships helped to ease the backlog of traffic, particularly freight. The mv Isle of Lewis was also proving a roundabout service for the Isle of Barra which, due to some sustained adverse weather, has had sceral sailings cancelled this week.
Today, with MV Clansman completing her move north to Tarbert on Harris and mv Lord of the Isles transferring to Oban, the full Tarbert, Uig and Lochmaddy triangle service will resume as normal. 
In addition to the full triangle timetable, there will be an additional Lochmaddy to Uig return sailing, leaving Lochmaddy at 2005 and arriving Uig 2150, before departing 2210 and arriving back at North Uist at 2355.
mv Clansman's usual routes to Coll, Tiree and Colonsay will be covered by  mv Lord of the Isles.
These contingencies will remain in place for at least a week. Passengers are advised to check CalMac's website at www.calmac.co.uk and the company's social media channels regularly for updates.
Meanwhile in the south, the mv Isle of Lewis will depart Castlebay 11:30, arrive Oban 16:30 and then depart Oban 17:00, arrive Castlebay 22:00 and the Lochboisdale-Mallaig sailings are suspended completely.

Oban-Tarbert link-up as ferries change routes

A unique series of ferry services ends up in Tarbert very late today (Thursday 29th September), weather permitting.
According to the Caledonian MacBrayne service status update website page for the Harris ferry link, the following timetable will operate between Oban, Lochmaddy, Uig and Tarbert today:
Depart Oban: 11:00 – arrive Lochmaddy:1800 – depart Lochmaddy:1830 – arrive Uig:2015 – depart Uig:2045 – arrive Tarbert:2225
This involves the Clansman ferry that normally covers routes to Coll, Tiree and Colonsay nowadays.

Read more: Oban-Tarbert link-up as ferries change routes

MV Hebrides to go to dry dock in Greenock 

Caledonian MacBrayne's vessel MV Hebrides, which was involved in an incident at Lochmaddy harbour on Sunday due to a mechanical failure, will proceed to dry dock in Greenock for repairs. 

The ferry sustained damage to the starboard propeller shaft after chains from Lochmaddy Marina's pontoon became entangled during the incident. 

Read more: MV Hebrides to go to dry dock in Greenock 

Councillors approve Harris pub-to-church redevelopment

Councillors have given provisional approval for a Harris pub to be redeveloped as a church building. 

There were no objections to the proposal at this morning's meeting of the Comhairle's Environmental and Protective Services Committee.

The decision will now require ratification at a meeting of the full council next week. 

Read more: Councillors approve Harris pub-to-church redevelopment

'Lucky yacht pontoons empty when Lochmaddy ferry crashed'

The 'MV Hebrides' overshot her berth at Lochmaddy pier to run aground in front of waiting passengers.  Photo: Norman MacAskill

A need to 'look again' at the positioning of the Lochmaddy harbour pontoons is the opinion of one eye-witness who watched as the Caledonian MacBrayne 'MV Hebrides' ferry crashed through the pontoons when it overshot its pier berth on Sunday (September 25th).

Norman MacAskill, of South Uist based haulage company ND MacAskill & Son, was parked in the vehicle queue waiting to board the 'MV Hebrides' on Sunday when the incident occurred at 11.05am, as the ferry was approaching Lochmaddy port on route from Tarbert, Harris.

“You knew right away when she came around the corner and the speed she was going at that this wasn't a normal manoeuvre,” he said.

Read more: 'Lucky yacht pontoons empty when Lochmaddy ferry crashed'

'Hebrides' ferry crashes into pier

The CalMac ferry 'Hebrides' has crashed into Lochmaddy pier.

The incident occurred at 1105 as MV Hebrides, travelling from Tarbert on Harris, was approaching Lochmaddy Port. 

A technical failure led to the vessel being unable to to reduce speed sufficiently for the routine docking procedures and she struck both pontoons in Lochmaddy harbour and the seabed.

Read more: 'Hebrides' ferry crashes into pier