Ferry News November-December

Argyle and Bute off Wemyss Bay on 7 November 2022, the day the latter ferry returned to service on the Rothesay run after annual overhaul

The latest edition of Scottish Ferry News covers all known movements by members of the CalMac fleet in the final two months of 2022. It is available here.

John Newth, compiler of CRSC’s Ferry News

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 vessel substitutions.

If you wish to read this authoritative update on Clyde and West Highland ferry movements, and have not yet joined CRSC (introductory membership for the first year with full benefits: £10), click here.

The new edition of CRSC’s Scottish Ferry News documents the relief duty of Hebridean Isles and Isle of Arran at Stornoway to cover the freight service to Ullapool, and the visits for overhaul of Isle of Mull to Aberdeen, Argyle to Greenock, Catriona to Troon, and Loch Seaforth and Lord of the Isles to Birkenhead.

The steelwork problems and weather-related travails of the latter ship after her return to Oban on 8 December are equally well documented.

The Ferry News update confirms the continuing reliability of Loch Frisa on the Craignure-Oban service: only two crossings had to be cancelled during the two-month period, one of them weather-related.

Ferry News also includes a fascinating ‘distribution of vessels’ list as of 31 December 2022, showing the whereabouts of every significant ship in our sphere of interest at the end of the year — including those sailing under the flags of P&O Irish Sea, Stena Line and Serco NorthLink.

Plus plenty more valuable info.

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Click here for CalMac service status and timetables.

Nearing the end of her 2022 season, the cruise ship Hebridean Princess (formerly MacBraynes’ car ferry Columba) was pictured at Largs on 3 November

James Watt Dock, Greenock, 22 December: Sound of Shuna (which escaped to Kilmun before the 25th), Coruisk, Loch Alainn and Hebridean Princess

Amid all the comings-and-goings of serving members of the CalMac fleet during the last two months of the year, Glen Sannox remained firmly rooted to the spot at Port Glasgow

Thanks to Walter Bowie and Andrew Clark for photographs.

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Published on 5 January 2023