Ferry News November-December

Bute, Coruisk, Loch Alainn and Ali Cat at James Watt Dock, Greenock, on 11 December 2021

The latest edition of Scottish Ferry News covers all known movements by members of the CalMac fleet in the final six weeks of 2021, between 16 November and 31 December. 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 have taken place and which routes have been affected by weather disruptions and pandemic-related service alterations.

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 ‘Rothesay twins’ at Greenock on 24 November 2021

This new update incorporates two valuable additional features — a list of all piers/berths visited by each and every CalMac vessel throughout 2021, and a comprehensive ‘distribution of vessels’ on 31 December.

The ‘distribution’ details the position not only of each member of the CalMac fleet on the last day of the year, but also that of vessels belonging to P&O Irish Sea, Stena Line, Serco NorthLink and Western Ferries.

The main focus of the new update is the impact on services throughout the CalMac network of Storm Barra, Storm Arwen and other weather-related disruptions; and of various ‘deep clean’ and other Covid-related suspensions.

Scottish Ferry News also documents Lord of the Isles’ return to service after annual overhaul at Birkenhead and Isle of Mull’s visit to Aberdeen for the same purpose, plus the extended absence from service of Bute and Loch Shira due to mechanical problems.

And plenty more.

CRSC is proud of the role it plays for all ship enthusiasts, but its primary responsibility is to paid-up Club members. If you are not yet a member, please take advantage of our £10 introductory membership offer here.

Click here for CalMac service status and timetables.

Catriona outside Garvel Dry Dock on 12 December 2021

Thanks to Walter Bowie and Hamish Bowie for photographs.

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Published on 4 January 2022