Great news reporting on a happy outcome from …

Comment posted Yeoman Bontrup: Dawn date with the Lazarus ship by Murdoch MacKenzie.

Great news reporting on a happy outcome from what must have been a traumatic time for the ship and crew. Fire is an ever present danger in our lives and in the right conditions can be set off with the most minor “spark”.
The pictures of the slip at Oban bring back memories of the wonderful times when we would berth at Kerrera and shuttle back and forth on the marina ferry.
You should upload one of your pictures, ideally including some local scenery, to the Marine Traffic site to, hopefully, displace the sad picture that they tag to the ship at present.

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  • Brian Wilson on Clyde and Hebridean Ferry Services tender
    ATMF, Where subsidies exist so does the Subsidy Barons. The evidence is that islanders have never benefited from subsidies, well not the end users anyway.
    When RET was initially trialled it was applied to hauliers trucks as well as private vehicles. The premium prices being paid by the consumers in the islands did not drop by one penny, the hauliers pocketed all the savings. This meant that tourists and the nouveau riche could get subsidies for their island journeys while the island housewife paid premium rates for her food and everything else. The government had to stop paying it to the commercial companies.
    Now I don’t know if it has been re-instated or not but to me if there are going to be subsidies then they should be paid to the housewife and the others paying premium for essentials.
    Hill sheep subsidy cleared more people off the islands than the worst absentee landlord. Collecting the subsidy cheque became a career for many and a feeble Crofters Commission allowed the local Sheep Barons to buy access to every croft that became vacant. Village common grazing and communal help became a thing of the past.

    You ask, “What benefit is there to the ferry being able to make more journeys if no-one is going to be able to afford the cost of getting to it plus the unsubsidised fare?”
    By doing more, shorter journeys the ferry becomes a lot more efficient, so the subsidy requirement goes away.
    Now, I’m not totally against a form of RET but if it has to be then it should only apply to these journeys that maximise their efficiencies by being between the nearest ports.
    The argument for road equivalent tariff is that it makes the fare reflect what the cost would be if a road existed instead. The facts are that there are nearer mainland roads to Tiree than at Oban so it makes no difference what else exists there, it should not qualify for RET if the Kilchoan road, or even a through Mull route can be used.

  • Brian Wilson on Clyde and Hebridean Ferry Services tender
    While you and your buddy have been busy all day maligning my character, I have been engaged, among other tasks, in conference calls to Houston over the repair to a broken subsea jumper.
    It looks like the solution provided by my thinking skills will have this well back on-stream by April instead of August in the solutions provided elsewhere.
    What have you two done so far this year?
  • Brian Wilson on Clyde and Hebridean Ferry Services tender
    ATMF All right, there are currently over forty miles from Corran Ferry to Kilchoan. A modern road like they build elsewhere would straighten a few of these miles away, might be forty minutes for a legal speed journey.

    The important thing is that the ferry has moved on to doing more ferrying and not acting as your personal cruise ship courtesy of the taxpayer as you swagger down to Oban like the Lord of the Isles
    .
    Others will benefit too. All of Ardnamurchan, the Tobermory area, Barra and maybe South Uist. There could be a new fishing port, cargo port, oil terminal, who knows what might follow a bit of much needed transport investment.

  • Brian Wilson on Clyde and Hebridean Ferry Services tender
    Are you not aware that “critical thinking skills” can be measured? Last time mine were measured I was in the top 2% in the UK.
    Maybe you should stop stalking me and make your own points.
  • Brian Wilson on Clyde and Hebridean Ferry Services tender
    I was going to say that the Tiree folk are the most latched on group to the existing situation, really wedded to their cruise in style to Oban, but then I think of how the Stornoway powerbrokers got on their feet when the Skye to Harris ferries started in 1964 drawing in new hauliers. These guys lobbied hard for Ullapool and the massive mainland road improvements that it required. The crossing cost meant nothing to them as long as they controlled the landing spot. They are in a class of their own for subsidy spending.

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8 Responses to Great news reporting on a happy outcome from …

  1. Good on you Lynda – its great to see the fleet back to full strength at Glensanda.

    Well done to you both in making the early morning rendezvous in the amazing Coastal Connection machine..they are just as impressive as the Yeoman fleet but in a smaller scale!

    And well done Yeoman and Aggregate Industries for having the faith to put the Bontrup back to sea at a time when many ships will be being mothballed due to lack of business.

    Good Luck for the future to you all!

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    • Many thanks.
      Just had a look on AIS and she didn’t berth, but turned round to face south inside Lismore.
      Struan noticed that as she came past us she wasn’t carrying the warps looped down her port side that she used to have for berthing.
      These were caught by small boats going out to her and brought ashore by them to be put on the winches to assist in berthing.
      She must be anchored off.
      When you think about it, of course she wouldn’t be going back into service at once. She’s obviously going to lie off while the preparatory work is done, leaving the berth at the quarry free for normal operations to continue.

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  2. Very good to see her back again – with what appears to me a more conventional paint scheme, she looked a touch sinister before in the overall red oxide colour. Nice to see the Yeoman crest on the funnel, considering the Glensanda ownership name changes through Aggregate Industries to Holcim.

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  3. Great piece of detective work. Well done. Great to see her back in service after the trauma of the fire we witnessed as we sailed past two Julys ago. Visited her a couple of times while she was docked at Ijmuiden awaiting rebuild in Poland. There was a lot of damage. Looking forward to dodging her in the Sound of Mull this season.

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  4. Great news reporting on a happy outcome from what must have been a traumatic time for the ship and crew. Fire is an ever present danger in our lives and in the right conditions can be set off with the most minor “spark”.
    The pictures of the slip at Oban bring back memories of the wonderful times when we would berth at Kerrera and shuttle back and forth on the marina ferry.
    You should upload one of your pictures, ideally including some local scenery, to the Marine Traffic site to, hopefully, displace the sad picture that they tag to the ship at present.

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  5. Wonderful mornings work Lynda, reminds me when 4am. start was the norm! Why doesn’t good news (like this) get reported on the networks more often? and do upload the nice pics!

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