With the Coastguard rescue Ievoli Black still stationed outside Stornoway Harbour, the Loch Seaforth ferry is embarked on a series of constant criss-crossing of the Minch as it tries to catch up the time lost by its "power outage" yesterday (Wednesday August 8th)

The delayed 10:30 Ullapool – Stornoway departed from Ullapool at 17.15.  It was due to arrive Stornoway 19:45.  Then Loch Seaforth departed (pictured above) Stornoway at 20:45 with the delayed 14:00 Stornoway – Ullapool service. 

Then she will:

  • Arrive Ullapool 23:15
  • Depart Ullapool 00:15 - (delayed 17:30 Ullapool – Stornoway) (Check in for vehicles and foot passengers 2200)
  • Arrive Stornoway 02:45 - Friday morning

Friday 10th August 

  • Depart Stornoway 12:15 (delayed 07:00 Stornoway – Ullapool) (Check in will open 09:00 - 11:00)
  • Arrive Ullapool 14:45
  • Depart Ullapool 15:45 (delayed 10:30 Ullapool – Stornoway) (Check in opens at 13:00)
  • Arrive Stornoway 18:15
  • Depart Stornoway 19:15 (delayed 14:00 Stornoway – Ullapool) (Check in opens at 16:00)
  • Arrive Ullapool 21:45
  • Depart Ullapool 22:45 (delayed 17:30 Ullapool – Stornoway) (Check in opens at 20:00)
  • Arrive Stornoway 01:15 (Saturday Morning)

    Saturday 11th August
  • Depart Stornoway 10:45 (delayed 07:00 Stornoway – Ullapool)
  • Arrive Ullapool 13:15
  • Depart Ullapool 14:15 (delayed 10:30 Ullapool – Stornoway)
  • Arrive Stornoway 16:45
  • Depart Stornoway 17:45 (delayed 15:30 Stornoway – Ullapool)
  • Arrive Ullapool 20:15
  • Depart Ullapool 21:15 (delayed 19:00 Ullapool – Stornoway)
  • Arrive Stornoway 23:45

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has welcomed the news that the MV Loch Seaforth has been repaired and is back in service.  “First and foremost, I think it is worth recognising the efforts of engineers and crew who repaired the fault which developed on MV Loch Seaforth during her crossing to Stornoway yesterday, put her through sea trials and returned her to service in such a short timeframe.

"This has been a tremendous relief to all who would have been affected, and greatly appreciated.

“There remain passengers who were inconvenienced through the night, and many others who will suffer delays today as the ferry service gets back to normal. 

"This episode gives a stark illustration of just how quickly a serious situation can develop when the fleet is stretched to the very limit during peak season.

“I was in regular contact with Calmac, Transport Scotland and the Cabinet Secretary for Transport throughout the evening, and while there were contingency plans being developed, it is clear that they would have involved a series of re-deployments which would inevitably have brought some level of disruption to other areas.

"It goes without saying that completing the next two vessels for addition to the fleet must be the very highest priority for our ferry services.”

For the freight service, the following amended timetables are to operate on Friday 10th & Saturday 11th August.

Friday 10th August 2018. 

Depart Stornoway - 04:15  Arrive Ullapool - 06:45 

Depart Ullapool - 08:15 Arrive Stornoway - 10:45

Saturday 11th August 2018

Depart Stornoway - 02:45   Arrive Ullapool - 05:15 

Depart Ullapool - 06:45   Arrive Stornoway - 09:15 

"These times are approximate, and where possible we will look to save time on turnarounds.

"We will advise of any changes as the rest of the afternoon goes on.

"For the freight service additional cars are carried subject to space constraints, and passengers may be restricted if dangerous goods are being carried.

"From the high volume of calls to our contact centre, we appreciate the disruption caused to multiple journeys.

"However, our Ullapool – Stornoway freight service is non-bookable for foot passengers due to health and safety reasons.

"If you are planning on turning up for the freight service, please be aware you may be turned away as spaces are not guaranteed.

(This post has been updated and extended since first being put on-line)