Ferry News July-September

Isle of Lewis enjoyed a relatively placid summer, spending it entirely on the Castlebay-Oban service. There were minimal disruptions. On 8 August she was pictured by CalMac port manager Iain Erskine off Craignure with the new P&O cruise liner Iona

This edition of Scottish Ferry News covers all known movements by members of the CalMac fleet between the beginning of July and the end of September 2021. It is available here.

Meticulously compiled by John Newth, Scottish Ferry News is available only to paid-up CRSC members. It amounts to an invaluable resource for enthusiasts wishing to track where vessels have been, what overhauls have taken place and which routes have been affected by weather disruptions and service alterations.

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Staff from CMAL and CalMac were seen cooperating when Lochnevis made a post-drydock visit to the renovated Gourock link span on 23 September

The new update is dominated by the re-introduction of a supplementary freight service between Stornoway and Ullapool, as well as Covid-related interruptions to sailings by Caledonian Isles on the Ardrossan-Brodick route and Hebrides on the Uig triangle.

Scottish Ferry News also documents the visit to Port Askaig by Isle of Mull on 14 September, Hebridean Isles’ two-day repair job in dry dock at Greenock in the same week, an isolated trip by Lord of the Isles to Kennacraig in July for engine repairs, and the chartering of Larven on various occasions for the Small Isles service — plus rare visits by Lochnevis to Campbeltown and Ardrossan on either side of her annual dry-docking at Greenock in mid September.

The update also notes that, despite post-re-engining trials, the Gourock-Dunoon passenger ferry Argyll Flyer had still not returned to service by the end of September.

Plus plenty more.

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Lochnevis at Ardrossan on 23 September

Loch Linnhe at Ardmaleish on 29 August

Sub-chartered from the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company for the Stornoway-Ullapool freight service, Arrow undertook berthing trials on 17 July  and began her seven-week charter on the 19th. Mark Nicolson captured her at the Lewis port on the 23rd as Loch Seaforth was manoeuvring

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Published on 18 October 2021