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Reduced Ferry Timetable due to Technical Problems

The following information was published on the Calmac website on Tuesday morning 31 March: "Due to technical problems we will be operating a reduced timetable on the Islay service until further notice"

Sailings from Kennacraig until further notice will be: 0700 Kennacraig - Port Ellen Monday to Saturday 1300 Kennacraig - Port Askaig Monday to Sunday 1800 Kennacraig - Port Askaig Mondays & Friday 1800 Kennacraig - Port Ellen Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday Sailings from Islay until further notice will be: 0415 Port Askaig -Kennacraig Tuesdays & Saturdays 0415 Port Ellen - Kennacraig Monday, Wednesday,Thursday & Friday 0945 Port Ellen - Kennacraig Monday to Sunday 1530 Port Askaig - Kennacraig Monday to Sunday Wednesdays - No Kennacraig to Colonsay service. Colonsay service available from Oban at 15:30hrs on Wednesdays. CalMac very much regrets any inconvenience caused by this necessary alteration to the current timetable service.

For up to date information check Calmac Service Status. To contact Calmac directly call the disruption Line at + 44(0)8457 650050 or call the local offices at Kennacraig Terminal on + 44 (0)1880 730253 or at Port Ellen Terminal on + 44 (0)1496 302209

Update: The reason for the technical problems is the grounding of the Isle of Arran ferry at Oban last week. Apparently the captain went on the wrong side of a buoy and ran aground. There seems to be quite a bit of damage done. I have been told there is a hole in the hull (not confirmed) and the ship is now in dry-dock for repairs. In the meanwhile the MV Iona is heading towards Islay to act as relief vessel for the time being. I have also been told she will handle freight only. The MV Iona sailed the Islay route in the 1970s. The capacity of this vessel is rather limited but will hopefully be able to guarantee a place for everyone who wants to travel to and from Islay during easter.

I was just sent an email telling me that the MV Iona is now called Pentalina B. I have included an image below from Wikipedia which is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0. The Pentalina B ferry is now owned by Pentland Ferries and sailed from the Gills Bay terminal, about 3 miles west of John o' Groats to St Margaret's Hope on Orkney.


The Pentalina B formerly known as MV Iona at Dunkerque France


The Pentalina B in the Sound of Islay passing Port Askaig on the first of April. Image courtesy Elliott of Islay Sea Shipping

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Spirit of Islay

Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Just had panic stations when i read this as we're due to go over on Good Friday on the 9.45am ferry ! The only reason we booked this one was due to the 7am one been full , normally i avoid any ferry that the relief one is on . Rang them up , they didn't know what was going on...... They didn't know how long the relief ferry would be off but when i asked about the 7am ferry places had appeared , so we were transferred to that one in a confirmed space . Must say the lad on the phone was very good , nice customer service . Slainte Gordon

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ron

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Well done Gordon, I guess you were right on time and one of the first to call!! Please do me a favour and make a picture of the MV Iona for me. I only have a very old image! Thanks and enjoy easter on Islay! Happy travels :-)

Slainthe
Ron

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I'd rather be on Islay :-)

Spirit of Islay

Tuesday, 31 March 2009
I'm glad i shifted as i thought i'd look up the Iona on the Calmac Site...... It's not listed on the Fleet Page ! I'll try and get a photo Ron .

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ron

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Thanks Gordon, I have found a picture on wikipedia for the time being! Have a great trip and enjoy, I look forward to your report ;-)

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I'd rather be on Islay :-)

Spirit of Islay

Tuesday, 31 March 2009
That Ferry doesn't look very big ? not much cabin space by the looks of it for a 2 hours plus sailing . I was wondering if it was that one when i done a search , didn't realise it was 40yo !

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ron

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Gordon, I have been told that the relief ferry will carry freight only. That should free up enough space on the regular ferry :-)

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I'd rather be on Islay :-)

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