Caledonian MacBrayne's ferry MV Hebrides, today sailed under her own power Lochmaddy harbour heading towards dry dock in Greenock for repairs to the damage caused by last week-end’s collision
Her move frees up the linkspan at Lochmaddy and MV Clansman was expected to be the first vessel to dock at the port since Sunday with a 6pm berthing. She will be closely followed by MV Isle of Lewis at 1910. Both ships will help to ease the backlog of traffic, particularly freight. The Lewis will also drop off and embark lifeline loads for the Isle of Barra which, due to some sustained adverse weather, has had sailings cancelled this week.
Tomorrow, (Sept 30) with MV Clansman completing her move north to Tarbert on Harris and MV Lord of the Isles (LOTI) transferring to Oban, the full Tarbert, Uig and Lochmaddy triangle service will resume as normal. In addition to the full triangle timetable, there will be an additional Lochmaddy to Uig return sailing, leaving Lochmaddy at 2005 and arriving Uig 2150, before departing 2210 and arriving back at North Uist at 2355. Clansman's usual routes to Coll, Tiree and Colonsay will be covered by LOTI.
These contingencies will remain in place for at least a week. Passengers are advised to check CalMac's website at www.calmac.co.uk and the company's social media channels regularly for updates