Amid growing speculation that the MV “Coruisk” might be returning to the Mallaig-Armadale route, Calmac have made it clear no final decision has yet been made.
Despite the growing clamour of recent weeks the ferry company appear reluctant to make any decision without first investigating all the consequences of bringing the vessel back from its current role servicing the Oban-Craignure route.
In fact only last week in reply to a query from one Sleat resident, Calmac’s Managing Director, Martin Dorchester, made no indication of the “Coruisk” returning but instead that amendments had been made to the present timetable.
He added: “We fully understand the frustration being felt locally with the teething issues we have had with this new timetable.
“However, we realise that changes to the service do require some getting used to and we are continuing to monitor the situation closely.”
Today a Calmac spokesman was adding little to that statement.
He said: "Returning the Coruisk is one of the solutions we are looking at to help address ongoing reliability problems on the Mallaig Armadale route. However, any vessel realignment has consequences for other routes and we are currently exploring all the implications such a change would have before any final decision is made.”