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The Sound of Harris remains without a vehicle ferry for the fourth consecutive day tomorrow (Monday 2 October) as CalMac battles the weather with a broken ship.

The MV Loch Portain is running on three engines thanks to a mechanical issue and is unable to cope with the choppy seas and highly variable tides.

On Friday she was cancelled, along with a number of other services across the network, in strong winds and a charter put in place to take passengers only between the pontoons at Leverburgh and the fishery pier at Berneray.

That charter service continued through yesterday and today (Sunday) and this afternoon CalMac have notified customers that the cancellation of service will continue tomorrow, adding: “The forecast for Tuesday 3 October is not looking favourable but a decision will be made on Monday afternoon.”

They said: “Due to the ongoing technical fault with the vessel, along with tomorrow's forecast of high winds, all sailings are cancelled. A charter vessel for foot passengers only will operate on a request basis.

“Disrupting a sailing is a decision we do not take lightly because we know it will inconvenience our customers and the communities we serve. However, the safety of our customers and crew must come first.

“In this instance, the master of the vessel has judged it is necessary in response to the assessment of adverse weather conditions.”

MV Loch Portain is pictured tied up at Otternish, North Uist on Friday by Douglas Conner.