With three ferries in port again in Stornoway - including two of the biggest in the CalMac fleet - it’s certainly looking like time they moved the HQ here from Gourock - it could take a lovely location overlooking the harbour and give office staff a real hands-on feel for the conditions in which the boats operate.
Back in the real world…another massive squall of delays, cancellations and problems with maintenance.
On the Barra-Eriskay run today (Wednesday 24 February). due to continuing adverse weather and sea conditions, the vessel will operated the 1110 sailing from Barra and 1300 sailing from Eriskay as timetabled.
But the 1540 sailing from Barra will be brought forward to 1400 and the 1630 sailing from Eriskay will be brought forward to 1445. The 1720 sailing from Barra and 1815 sailing from Eriskay are cancelled.
The Oban-Castlebay service is also cancelled.
Tomorrow (Thursday 25 February) weather permitting, the following additional sailing will operate:
Depart Oban 0815. Arrive Castlebay 1345 Depart Castlebay 1415 Arrive Oban 1945
There are no sailings today from Lochmaddy and Tarbert because of both weather conditions and lack of suitable vessel.
The Mallaig-Oban-Lochboisdale service was also cancelled because of the adverse weather and vessel being out of position. On Friday 26 February this service will resume as timetabled from Lochboisdale.
On the Sound of Harris today, all sailings will be liable to disruption or cancellation at short notice.
On Friday 26th February and Saturday 27th February because of a combination of extreme tides and delay with overhaul of the Loch Portain, a special timetable will operate with MV Loch Bhrusda continuing the service.