MV Hebrides is set to resume service on Monday October 17, depending on the result of sea trials on Saturday. The ferry normally services the Uig, Tarbert and Lochmaddy route. However, after the vessel was involved in an incident at Lochmaddy in September, she has been in dry dock at Greenock for repairs.
Monday will also see MVs Clansman and Lord of the Isles resume their normal service route.
To ensure minimum disruption to the timetable, repositioning of the vessels will take place on Sunday October 16. Customers are advices to check CalMac's website and social media updates for details about their routes.
Colonsay's Sunday service has been amended to go from Kennacraig via Port Askaig using MV Hebridean Isles. This will allow Hebrides and Clansman to reposition. All pre-booked customers will be contacted individually to discuss any changes to arrangements.
Says CalMac's Ross Moran, General Manager Operations: "Many communities have been disrupted to a greater or lesser extent by MV Hebrides being taken out of service for dry-dock repairs. None more so than South Uist, which temporarily lost its daily return service from Lochboisdale to Mallaig with MV Lord of the Isles (LOTI). While there has been some very understandable frustration about the situation, there has also been a much appreciated amount of understanding and support, for which CalMac is very grateful. We thank the people and businesses of South Uist and all other communities affected by this uncertain period for their great patience and we apologise for the undoubted inconvenience. We look forward to successful completion of sea trials for MV Hebrides on Saturday and a return to normal service across the network on Monday."