Wednesday, December 11, 2019
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With a new storm looming, the Southern Hebrides will be cut off tomorrow as there are no sailings across the Minch and Sea of the Hebrides.

Tomorrow’s Mallaig-Lochboisdale sailings are cancelled “due to a forecast of high winds gusting up to 49mph.”

Ferries to the Small Isles are cancelled tomorrow while routes to Raasay, Leverburgh, Eriskay, and Armadale all face disruption or cancellation.

For Oban to Castlebay, CalMac state about tomorrow (Tuesday)  “Due to forecast high winds and associated sea conditions, the 08:00 from Castlebay and 13:40 from Oban have been cancelled.”  For Wednesday 28th September, the company says that “due to south-westerly winds gusting over 40 knots and associated sea conditions, sailings on this service are on a yellow alert and there is a heightened possibility of disruption.”

Meanwhile all sailings are cancelled on the routes to Lochmaddy and Tarbert as work continues to assess the condition of the mv Hebrides.
Caledonian MacBrayne says it is continuing to form contingency plans in the wake of an incident when the vessel struck pontoons at Lochmaddy Marina and made contact with rocks on the seabed as she came to a halt.  No one was injured and the vessel berthed under her own power at the pier in Lochmaddy, where she remains alongside.

A team of divers was on site at Lochmaddy today and has begun thorough investigations of the hull below the waterline.  Appropriate action will then be taken based on the outcome of these investigations. 

Disruption to this route will continue for some time - with investigations still underway it is too early to accurately predict duration. The company is working closely with all appropriate authorities.

"Our teams are continuing to work directly with passengers affected in order to find the best solutions for them," said CalMac's Operations Director Drew Collier. "This was a very rare incident. We have a proud and excellent safety record, and I would like to assure all customers and the public as a whole that safety is the number one priority for the company. We thank people for their forbearance and understanding at this time."

Customers should continue to regularly check CalMac's website at www.calmac.co.uk and the company's social media channels for updates.

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