A delivery of gas in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday November 13th) has ensured that the homes of Stornoway continue to receive supplies from Scottish Gas Networks.

CalMac laid on an extra vessel last night to bring the essential heating fuel while the Loch Seaforth is undergoing repairs in Stornoway harbour.

MV Hebrides made the additional sailing from Uig to Tarbert to carry two tankers of LPG for delivery to the SGN depot in Stornoway town centre. Gas tankers can’t be carried on the MV Isle of Lewis because of her closed deck, which is not suitable for hazardous materials.

A spokesman for Stornoway’s SGN depot said that Calmac had ‘pulled out all the stops’ to ensure the maintenance of supply for domestic heating in the town.

He said: “The running of the Hebrides has allowed us to keep a lifeline service going because the Loch Seaforth is a week late back into service. CalMac has helped us by planning additional sailings which allow us to transport the gas by road to the islands.”

It’s expected that another gas delivery will be scheduled for Thursday night if the delay continues.

The Loch Seaforth is still receiving engineers’ attention, with another specialist engineer now due to arrive into Stornoway by air tomorrow (Thursday November 14th).

She is currently scheduled to remain off the Stornoway Ullapool service until Saturday, with MV Isle of Lewis running a revised timetable, including a night-time freight run.