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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  • Giggle factor on the rise as Stornoway guesthouse runs competition to guess start date of new ferry
    I think the suggestion is from Frank Burns, Arthur. To be fair to Ullapool they did consider this earlier as an option, according to their website, but couldn’t make it work.
    Frank has come up with an alternative which could be made to work. Might need a bigger barge though,

    http://maciverblog.co.uk/2015/01/22/frank-burns-case-floating-linkspan/

  • So what has damaged MV Loch Seaforth been up to?
    Maybe you should have been in Germany for CMAL. I wonder if the damage has any relationship to the “difficulty manoeuvring” mentioned here,

    http://maciverblog.co.uk/2015/01/19/loch-seaforth-technical-problems/

  • So what has damaged MV Loch Seaforth been up to?
    You really need to stop including Ullapool Harbour Trust as a villain in this sad saga.
    Ullapool was ready to receive the Loch Seaforth on 15th June 2014 when the installation of their pier extension and fendering was completed. Their new passenger gangway was certified operational on 25th September 2014.
    On 12th November 2014 the Loch Seaforth came into Ullapool and berthed both bow and stern in. HGV’s were driven on and off and there were no issues. The gangway was fitted and the vessel’s crew made use of it to go ashore.
    The double linkspan has been sprung on the port at short notice as government funding came available out of the blue. CMAL are providing the Civil Engineering for the linkspan although UHT are in control of the work. They had planned to have their changeover completed for 7th April. The re-scheduling has been pressed by others and I can only guess that it is so that Calmac have both linkspans working in Stornoway when they begin their extravagant and crazy three ship shuffle.
    The dog that is not barking here is that the Loch Seaforth is not using the #1 pier linkspan at Stornoway. Is there an issue with her fitting this linkspan or is it for some other reason?
  • Giggle factor on the rise as Stornoway guesthouse runs competition to guess start date of new ferry
    I read on a blog that is close to the action that she has already had extensive repairs to one of her engines.
    What is even more worrying is that allegedly both engines don’t have consecutive numbers as would be expected if they were bought as a pair. The suggestion is that one of the engines was rejected by a previous client,
  • Giggle factor on the rise as Stornoway guesthouse runs competition to guess start date of new ferry
    She will probably dovetail fine with the new terminals at Stornoway and Ullapool, as she has done with Kirkwall which looks like a newer linkspan. It’s all these other places that she can’t get to that’s going to make her less useful as seems to be the current case when she could be doing relief work.

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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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