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I don’t often use their ferries now but …

Comment posted With Heb Isles in for repairs, CalMac charters replacement vessel to reduce underprovision for Islay by Lundavra.

I don’t often use their ferries now but when I was working I could be using them several times a week. Memory might be exaggerating the problem but every time there was a new ferry, there was a design problem. I remember a previous new ferry on the Islay run that could not use the linkspan at Kennacraig. Then there was the infamous ‘Tupperware Princess’. I am sure there were others, all basic design failures rather than equipment failures.

Though I have a vague memory of a new Corran ferry having trouble using the slipway and having to be modified so not just Calmac.

Lundavra also commented

  • MIINA was taken into dry dock in Troon in June with a faulty gear box and some other work. Odd if it has to go back into dry dock again?

    http://www.dalesmarine.co.uk/news/fpv-minna-gets-a-little-help-from-dales-marine

  • I wonder what tourists think, having booked to go over to Islay with their car but told that they will have go across separately and either their car will hopefully follow later in the day or they will follow their car later in the day (or even next day)?
  • I would think the Western Ferry vessels are a lot simpler. They are open deck so none of the complications of the bow doors and seals as well mezzanines.

    When I went to Tiree recently we were nearly three hours late sailing and came close to cancellation because there was some sort of problem with one of the RIBs they carry. Those do not seem to be carried on the Western Ferries service.

  • “It would make more sense if we just had vehicle ferries and the foot passengers were subsisised to travel by air.”

    When we used to go over to Mull regularly I always thought the foot passengers should be containerised!

  • According to SoC there were technical issues Saturday morning but seems fixed around lunchtime.

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