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

Quite apart from what the SNP (and maybe other?) trolls are up to, the Islay ferry saga fully deserves to be vigorously investigated.
What on earth is a large ferry company with clearly inadequate spare resources doing operating the Finlaggan with a persistently malfunctioning mezzanine deck?
What other problems are currently affecting their fleet? – the Isle of Arran appears to have some issues that aren’t entirely clear affecting the boat’s performance, there are questions about the reliability or otherwise of the new hybrid diesel / electric ferries, and of course there’s the question of why the Hebridean Isles has collided with Kennacraig pier in an incident that brings to mind the Isle of Arran colliding with the same pier on 8th Feb 2010.
That incident resulted in an enquiry by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch, and the Daily Record reported ‘problems with maintenance and testing were factors in the crash, along with the failure to investigate a previous failure properly’
Is there scope for improvement of Calmac’s internal management procedures; is Calmac’s performance compromised by the way in which the government oversees it?

Robert Wakeham also commented

  • For Nigel MacLeod: given the current ‘pause’ in this website’s customary wide coverage, the way in which the discussion under this particular topic has spread to cover all things Calmac is surely not in the slightest bit surprising – and if particular issues arise concerning Islay service provision I’m sure that people will be keen to add their comments.
    For myself, I’d be really interested to hear the reasons for the recent ‘crash landing’ at Lochmaddy, and to see whether lessons can be learnt, given that there was what appears to have been a similar incident at Kennacraig not that long ago and it’s surely reasonable to assume that lessons were learnt then.
  • That’s her just passing Peterhead on the way home.
  • And the ‘Isle of Arran’, over in Aberdeen, is no longer in the dry dock – so perhaps she’ll return to action fairly soon.
  • – and then we’ve got the Finlaggan, whose stubbornly dysfunctional mezzanine deck can apparently only be fixed by a visit to a drydock.
    I wonder why?
  • The Hebrides’ instant access to the Garvel dry dock at Greenock is s bit of a surprise, given that the semi-disabled Arran has just been sent all the way around to Aberdeen for drydocking.

Recent comments by Robert Wakeham

  • ForArgyll on Pause
    MM – lies coming from Obama? – I seriously doubt it, perhaps you’ve got him confused with Trump?
  • ForArgyll on Pause
    ‘Shear arrogance'(sic) is over-egging it by a long way, Malcolm, and remember just how much vindictive sniping there was by people without the guts to identify themselves.
    I think that the For Argyll folk deserve great credit for tolerating all the garbage in the interests of free speech – I would have been sorely tempted to ‘out’ some of the more vicious commentators (and recommend they seek counselling on the state of their mental health, before they get into real trouble).
  • SNP MP backs call for CalMac to put MV Coruisk back on Mallaig-Armadale service – and is to go direct to the Transport Minister
    So, if I understand you correctly, different Calmac ships require different, mutually incompatible, linkspans.
    A polite response is ‘Oh dear’ but there are far less polite reactions that would surely be in order.
  • ForArgyll on Pause
    It’s Buckfast, not buck fast – and is named after a Benedictine abbey (also known locally in South Devon as ‘Fast Buck Abbey’).
  • New Transport Minister humiliates CalMac MD
    If a second ship was added to the Craignure route because the Isle of Mull couldn’t cope with the traffic, it’ll be interesting to see what happens when she’s on her own again.

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