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I wonder if Calmac have considered converting one …

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

I wonder if Calmac have considered converting one or two of the older ships into truck carriers, may be an idea after the two new ships are delivered. The Arran could have her gallery decks removed so that the garage space is improved.
One could be used in the Summer season on the Stornoway route allowing the Loch Seaforth to go to three tourist runs per day. They could probably use one at Islay as well.
They could run at a lower speed with smaller crews.

Murdoch MacKenzie also commented

  • From reading the winter timetables it would appear that the LOTI is going to be away from 9th Nov. During the 3 weeks from that date the relief ferry will go to Oban instead of Mallaig.
    In the initial notice about changes to the Lewis Freight they give times for Sunday night. They now give notice that it will not run tomorrow for operational reasons, which probably means the delays being experienced in repairing the Isle of Arran.
    They know that they can cover Barra with extending the Mallaig service to Barra and doing night runs from Oban with Clansman if push comes to shove.
    Someone will need to write a book about the Isle of Arran’s troubles.
  • Yes, I see that the Calmac Islay page has gone double amber some time today with the Heb Isles going on the SY freight run. I’d have thought they would have posted that information earlier if it had always been the plan.
    If Lord of the Isles is also going to dry dock at the same time as Loch Seaforth, they’ll be struggling for a few weeks.
  • That’s Isle of Arran heading for Oban according to her AIS. She must have had some extra repairs going on at James Watt dock, she was going to pick up the Barra run from Oban this afternoon but they said it was dependent on her repairs being completed.
    Isle of Lewis is off to Stornoway to do an extra Mod run and I think she will take over the Ullapool run from tomorrow. It’s about a year since Loch Seaforth last went to dry dock. There is going to be a second vessel doing two freight runs a day, I’m guessing it’s the Isle of Arran as it is timetabled for 3-1/2 hours per journey.
    Castlebay and Lochboisdale are sharing the LOTI to Mallaig for the next few days, we’ll need to see what happens there, I’m sure there will be complaints if they don’t get it right.
  • She is sending Greenock as the destination now, does that mean more work required?
  • Well, she didn’t stop at Uig, so it’s probably Ardrossan, or is it?

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