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

It is reported in today’s Ileach that the Red Princess cannot sail if the wind is 20 mph or more. Wood boats do not have to sail to a laid down timetable. It will be interesting to see if the MV Finlaggan sails tomorrow (Sunday) as gales are forecast. According to minutes of the Islay Jura Ferry Group meeting on 8th April 2016, in March 2016 there 220 Calmac sailings to Islay.
23 sailings were cancelled and 32 diverted due to weather and technical problems. This equates to 25% of the schedule being disrupted.

Treble T also commented

  • The main problem is that Derek MacKay the SNP Scottish Government Transport Minister up to May 2016 made the Mallaig to Lochboisdale and Ardrossan to Campbeltown routes permanent resulting in no spare ferries to act as a relief vessel in the event of a major breakdown on the route. Thank goodness he is no longer the Scottish Government Transport minister otherwise goodness knows what daft ideas he would dream up for Calmac 2017-18 Summer Timetable period.
    Derek MacKay should be taken to task for his crazy decisions but no doubt Nicola Sturgeon will do nothing about it because it did not take place in the Central Belt between Edinburgh and Glasgow.
  • The MV Isle of Arran currently has a problem with its prop which will not be repaired until this October. I read on another blog site that Calmac engineers have fixed the mezzanine deck problem which should help. However this afternoon (2nd August) the Red Princess did not sail to Port Ellen and remains berthed at Kennacraig. If it was too windy for it to sail then it will not be sailing tomorrow as the forecast is for even windier weather.
    I do not understand why there seems to be a news blackout regarding the Heb Isles hitting the pier at Kennacraig and suffering major damage.
    If it had been Serco instead of the Scottish Government owned Calmac you can be sure that the incident would have been blasted across the media throughout Scotland and beyond.
  • The Red Princess is no use as it only carries 20 cars or a few commercial vehicles and it takes 3hrs 45 mins to travel from Kennacraig to Port Ellen. The Heb Isles ferry takes 2hrs 20 mins. As a result the Red Princess can only carry out one return trip per day. So far Calmac has been very lucky with the weather but if the route gets very windy weather then it will be “bite on the bullet” time for the MV Finlaggan skipper.
    The MV Isle of Arran also has major problems and as a result it cannot sail from Ardrossan to Campbeltown if the wind is 15 mph. Last Friday night’s sailing was cancelled as the wind was supposedly due to gust to 30 mph. I do not know where Calmac got that weather forecast from as the Met Office at Machrihanish was forecasting gusts of 15 mph.
    Transport Scotland and Scottish Government appear to have supressed information about the Heb Isles hitting the pier at Kennacrag and the subsequent ferry crisis for locals and visitors trying to travel to and from Islay at present.
    However that may change.

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    The question on the Referendum ballot paper was “Did the voters of the UK wish to remain part of the EU.
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    The Northern Ireland voters are happy to accept the will of the voters in the whole of the UK unlike opinionated people like yourself where it is your way or no way!
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