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There is dismay in Barra and Harris after a Compton Mackenzie-esque scenario has left the MV Clansman stranded at a repair dock in Liverpool.  

Yesterday afternoon, a red-faced CalMac (Wednesday, February 21) admitted they had been unable to find a tug to get the ferry underway to Scotland after its annual overhaul.

The MV Clansman had been due to leave Liverpool tomorrow (Friday, February 23) and is now not expected to leave until Saturday due to the lack of tug availability.

The knock-on effect is that MV Isle of Mull will continue serving Barra and Mull over the weekend. The hold-up with the MV Clansman and the "significant backlog" of traffic in Lochboisdale and Lochmaddy also means there will be no Uig-Tarbert ferry service tomorrow.

CalMac are asking customers to divert onto the Stornoway ferry.

But in a further plot twist, Barra will be left high and dry today and tomorrow due to the volume of freight travelling to Mull.

An amended timetable is in place for the weekend as follows: 

Saturday, February 24

Depart Oban – 1200
Arrive Castlebay –  1735

Prior to departure to Castlebay, the vessel will operate to Craignure.

Sunday, February 25

Depart Castlebay – 0550
Arrive Oban – 1125

The vessel will then operate for the remainder of the day to Craignure.

Normal service with MV Hebridean Isles is expected to resume thereafter. However, CalMac expects to issue a further update later today.