The latest edition of Scottish Ferry News covers all known movements by members of the CalMac fleet in the first two months of 2022 (1 January-28 February). It is available here.
Meticulously compiled by John Newth, Scottish Ferry News is available only to paid-up CRSC members. It is an invaluable resource for enthusiasts wishing to track where vessels have been, what overhauls took place and which routes were affected by weather disruptions and pandemic-related service alterations.
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The sheer volume of disruptions dominates the new update.
During the course of each month the number of text messages sent out by CalMac advising of disruptions to its services amounted to more than 1,500 in January and 2,200 in February. The disruptions were caused by a number of factors, including Covid, mechanical breakdown, timetable changes and weather-related delays/cancellations.
Most units of the fleet were affected at one time or other.
There were lengthy overhaul absences for Caledonian Isles (Greenock), Clansman (Birkenhead) and Isle of Lewis (Aberdeen).
Scottish Ferry News also documents a rare visit to Kennacraig by Isle of Mull (5 January), as well as the continuing value and versatility of two other 1980s units, Hebridean Isles and Isle of Arran, both of which served on Clyde and Hebridean routes in this period.
And plenty more.
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Thanks to Eilean Solais, Allan Smith and Cameron Wilson for photographs.
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Published on 15 March 2022