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MV Hebridean Isles to remain off service

MV Hebridean Isles is to remain off service up to and including 24 August 2023 following unsuccessful attempts to fix manoeuvrability issues with the vessel.

As a result of this, MV Alfred will continue to operate between Ardrossan and Brodick alongside MV Caledonian Isles, while MV Isle of Arran will continue to operate alongside MV Finlaggan on a two-vessel service on Islay.

The Campbeltown service will remain cancelled up to and including 24 August.

Customers with affected bookings are in the process of being contacted directly by CalMac to make them aware of these changes.

Robert Morrison, Operations Director for CalMac, said: "Unfortunately, despite extensive sea and berthing trials, the issues which are affecting the vessel's manoeuvrability are still apparent. For this reason, we are not currently in a position where the Hebridean Isles can return to service. This is very disappointing news, and I apologise to our customers and communities.

"We have started a detailed review of options for further investigation and maintenance, and the outcome of this review will be discussed internally as a matter of priority. Further updates will be provided when available.

"Our team is continuing to work hard to do whatever we can to minimise disruption and vessel deployment plans beyond 25 August will remain under review based on the wider network needs."

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