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Thread: Another Calmac fiasco

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    Another Calmac fiasco

    There is currently another Calmac ferry fiasco on the island of Islay. The elderly Calmac ferry the MV Hebridean Isles which previously crashed into the pier at Kennacraig in July 2016 is at it again.
    The MV Hebridean Isles which has been operating on the Kennacraig to Islay route was withdrawn from service last Saturday as a result of damage to its hull. https://www.calmac.co.uk/service-status?route=09
    It was reported on the Calmac website last Saturday evening that divers would be inspecting the damage when the ferry arrived at Kennacraig after sailing back from Port Askaig on Islay.
    Early this afternoon my wife and I were shopping in the Co-op supermarket in Bowmore which was like ‘old Mother Hubbard’s cupboard’. The fruit and vegetables, butcher meat and chicken shelves were almost bare with next to nothing to purchase. According to the staff in the Bowmore Co-op they received a small order today and they do not know if they will receive a big order tomorrow. What a hopeless way to run a business.
    Worse than this. I might not be able to attend the Dundee v St Johnstone League Cup tie on Wednesday 22nd September as I am booked onto the 7.00am sailing from Port Ellen to Kennacraig on Monday 20th September sailing on the MV Hebridean Isles.
    Visitors on Islay who had been booked to return on the MV Hebridean Isles sailings since it was taken out of service are now stranded on Islay and I cannot see them returning for another holiday on Islay with such a clapped out and unreliable Scottish Government owned Calmac ferry service.
    Last edited by islaydarkblue; 13-09-2021 at 04:36 PM.

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    Just wow

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deeranged View Post
    Just wow
    If you were on holiday on Islay and trying to get home you might change your views.
    As usual there has been another cover up by Transport Scotland as there has not been any mention about it in the media.
    The Scottish Government does not want any more bad news about their ferries to be published especially with current new Calmac ferries fiasco at Ferguson’s Shipyard with the ferries being years late in delivery.

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    They’ll need to call in the RAF to air lift them, Deeranged might lend a hand

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdfc View Post
    They’ll need to call in the RAF to air lift them, Deeranged might lend a hand
    The RAF will need large transport planes to carry all the vehicles stranded on Islay. The runway at Islay Airport is not long enough for these transport planes to land and take off.

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    Get the Navy in then

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdfc View Post
    Get the Navy in then
    The navy ships would run aground prior to reaching pier at Kennacraig. They would also have to be less than 90 metres long otherwise they would not be able to berth at the piers at Port Askaig and Port Ellen on Islay plus the pier at Kennacraig.
    Today it has been announced that two new ferries are going to be built for the Kennacraig to Islay route. What this CMAL press release failed to mention is that the new ferries are too long, too wide and too deep to berth at any of the piers used on the Kennacraig to Islay route plus sailings to Colonsay. This will result in £16.4 Million (2021 prices) having to be spent to alter the piers to be able to allow the new ferries to safely berth at the piers. Who is paying for this. The taxpayer of course.
    When will this work be carried out. The work at the piers will probably be finished years after the new Islay ferries are built and ready to go into service.
    The maximum passenger capacity on the new ferries is to be 350 passengers which is 200 less than the main ferry on the route the MV Finlaggan.(Source 2nd Islay virtual ferry meeting). The CMAL and Calmac bosses do not think this will be a problem but if more visitors decide to travel to Islay as foot passengers instead of taking their car there is a danger that foot passengers including local Islay residents could be told that their ferry is full and they will have to wait for the next ferry assuming that it is not the last sailing of the day.

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    I can't believe what I'm reading

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    This place is incredible ha it just gets worse and worse , it’s so bad I need to peek in once a week to see what ****e is getting posted now

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    Quote Originally Posted by notso View Post
    This place is incredible ha it just gets worse and worse , it’s so bad I need to peek in once a week to see what ****e is getting posted now
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