The Islay ferry, MV Finlaggan is now – 14.27 on 21st June 2011 – in the Mersey Narrows on her final manoeuvres into the Cammell Laird yard at Birkenhead. Her ETA is 15.00 and she is there for repairs to her hydraulics and pipework associated with having been given contaminated oil in that system.
She will have her pipework flushed out and refilled with clean oil; with some repair work to the cylinders and pumps in the hydraulic system
Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) hope that this will see the end of her teething problems since she signed on to the fleet from her builders – Remontowa at Gdansk in Poland – and that she will quickly return to service. In her absence, the MV Isle of Arran is running the Islay to Kennacraig route.
Back in 2005, the then Labour-LibDem Scottish Executive – owners of CalMac and its associated companies under corporate parent, David MacBraye Ltd, awarded the contract for Finlaggan’s build to the Polish yard in preference to the Clydeside yard of Fergusons. Will ‘best value’, in the end. prove quite that?