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MV Hebrides leaves Lochmaddy harbour bound for the Clyde

Caledonian MacBrayne's ferry MV Hebrides, which was involved in an incident on North Uist on Sunday (September 25), successfully sailed from Lochmaddy harbour shortly after 1515 today (Thursday September 29).

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MV Hebrides update and latest contingency plans

Caledonian MacBrayne can confirm that, weather permitting, MV Hebrides will move from her current location at the pier in Lochmaddy, North Uist tomorrow (Thursday September 29) and begin her journey to Greenock. She will enter dry dock at the end of the week.

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MV Hebrides will proceed to dry dock in Greenock

Caledonian MacBrayne's vessel MV Hebrides, which was involved in an incident at Lochmaddy harbour on Sunday (September 25) due to a mechanical failure, will proceed to dry dock in Greenock for repairs.

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CalMac issues weather warning

With winds forecast to gust up to 60 knots over the next two days, ferry operator CalMac has issued its first general weather warning of the season.

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Update following yesterday's incident with MV Hebrides in Lochmaddy

Caledonian MacBrayne is continuing to form contingency plans in the wake of an incident involving MV Hebrides at Lochmaddy on North Uist yesterday (Sunday September 25).

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CalMac confirms additional sailings to help ease disruption

Caledonian MacBrayne has confirmed additional sailings to help ease disruption after the incident involving MV Hebrides this morning (1105, Sunday September 25).

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Media statement - MV Hebrides, Lochmaddy

Caledonian MacBrayne can confirm that there was an incident at Lochmaddy on North Uist. The incident occurred at 1105 on Sunday (September 25) as MV Hebrides, travelling from Tarbert on Harris, was approaching Lochmaddy Port.

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Ferry improvements bring economic boost for islands

Businesses in the Western Isles are reporting an economic boost driven by increased ferry capacity and dedicated services.

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Mallaig Armadale winter timetable now available

CalMac Ferries Ltd has confirmed that its full timetable for Winter 2016/17 is now available to book online.

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One way system trial for Oban Pier

Ferry operator CalMac and port owner Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd are to trial a one way traffic system at the Oban terminal.

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CalMac unveils plans for "new era" in west coast ferry services

Award-winning ferry operator CalMac Ferries Ltd has gone public for the first time with its ambitious plans to transform west coast ferry services in a new contract beginning on 1 October 2016 for up to eight years.

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CALMAC SIGNS FERRY AND HARBOUR SERVICES CONTRACTS

Award-winning ferry operator CalMac Ferries Ltd (CalMac) is pleased to confirm that it has signed the formal contracts with Transport Scotland and Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) to operate ferries and harbours on the west coast of Scotland.

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Ferry urgent! Less than 40 days left to make young ferry fan's Lego dream come true

Young Luke Ball from Kilmarnock has a dream - but he has less than 40 days left to make it a reality.

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CalMac announces new routes for winter timetable

Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne is launching new routes among other amendments to its winter timetable after community consultation.

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Port Ellen temporary closure

Essential repair work at Port Ellen Ferry Terminal will require ferry operator CalMac to divert all Islay services to Port Askaig for a period of around three weeks.

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Let them eat cake - CalMac staff in Mallaig bake up a super-sweet £500 for MS Society

Two kind-hearted CalMac staff at Mallaig have raised £500 for the MS Society Scotland with a stall of delicious home-baking available for passengers at the port office.

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Two school pupils given innovative, new engineering work placement by CalMac

Two students from Inverclyde have been given an opportunity to gain valuable engineering skills thanks to a new initiative working with schools in the area.

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Ship shape on the beach! Kind-hearted staff at CalMac set about cleaning up Lunderston

A group of community-spirited Caledonian MacBrayne staff has stepped forward to carry out a clean-up in Lunderston Bay in Inverclyde.

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A right royal appointment! Lochmaddy port assistant invited to meeting with The Queen

A Caledonian MacBrayne port assistant was invited to join HM The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at an exclusive gathering.

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MV Catriona starts final sea trials

The latest addition to ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne's fleet, MV Catriona, is starting advanced sea trials around Arran and Cumbrae.

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MV Hebridean Isles returns to Islay

Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) has confirmed that repairs to the MV Hebridean Isles have been completed and she currently en route to Islay. She is due to arrive later today (Tuesday, August 9) and will enter service as soon as practicable.

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CalMac announces extra capacity for Islay

Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne is redeploying a vessel to Islay and moving another to 24 hour working to increase capacity on the route.

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CalMac charters replacement vessel to increase Islay capacity

Ferry operator CalMac has chartered a freight vessel for the next six days to increase capacity on the Islay service.

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CalMac puts focus on healthy eating on-board

A healthier approach to food on-board Caledonian MacBrayne ferries has been recognised by a national NHS-backed scheme.

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CalMac boosts Craignure's first aid capability

Craignure on Mull is the latest CalMac location to have its first aid capability boosted with a defibrillator.

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Greenock's Demi takes top award for saving the big day

Seven newly wed couples had CalMac employee Demi Wylie to thank for saving their big day and she's now been recognised for her efforts at the Scottish Transport Awards.

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CalMac hails success of P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea

More than 25,000 people packed the esplanade at Greenock over the weekend to support the inaugural P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea.

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CalMac port office in Tarbert, Harris, gets new community defibrillator from charity

Staff at CalMac's port in Tarbert, Isle of Harris, have been trained to use a newly donated community defibrillator.

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Inaugural St Kilda Challenge hailed as great success as Moonstruck Too takes victory

After 100 nautical miles and almost exactly 23 hours at sea, Moonstruck Too, Gordon Lawson's J122, took victory at the inaugural St Kilda Challenge.

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And they're off! Racers and cruisers head for UK's remotest outpost in St Kilda Challenge

At 9.30am today (Friday June 10), 27 yachts left the Sound of Harris in Scotland's Outer Hebrides with their sights set firmly on the St Kilda archipelago - a return journey of some 100 nautical miles.

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Eyes west! Thirty yachts arrive at Lochmaddy to take part in inaugural St Kilda Challenge

A fleet of 30 yachts has arrived at the North Uist village of Lochmaddy in Scotland's Outer Hebrides in advance of the inaugural St Kilda Challenge.

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Three shortlistings for CalMac teams at the Scottish Transport Awards in Glasgow

Teams at Caledonian MacBrayne have been rewarded for their efforts with three shortlisted nominations for the Scottish Transport Awards.

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CALMAC STATEMENT ON MALLAIG-ARMADALE ROUTE

Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) has confirmed it intends making no further changes to the Mallaig-Armadale service this summer but has agreed, after listening to community concerns, that it will review vessel deployment for summer 2017 in consultation with affected communities.

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Caledonian MacBrayne's free public access wi-fi rollout progressing across network

Almost half of the 200-mile long Caledonian MacBrayne network is now live with free public access wi-fi - and the remainder will be completed in early July.

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Extra Islay sailings

Due to a continuing electrical fault on the MV Finlaggan's mezzanine deck impacting vehicle capacity, extra sailings are being laid on this weekend (Saturday May 28).

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Finlaggan on full service for Islay whisky festival

The MV Finlaggan's mezzanine vehicle deck is now back in full working order in time for the Islay Festival of Music and Malt, ferry operator CalMac has confirmed.

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CalMac welcomes tender award

CalMac, one of Europe's leading transport operators, has welcomed Transport Scotland's decision to award it the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services (CHFS) contract for up to eight years.

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Buying, selling and serving local gives CalMac a nod at the Scottish Food and Drink Awards

An unwavering commitment to buying, serving and selling local produce on board a fleet of ferries has won a nomination at Scotland's Food and Drink Awards.

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Stornoway and Ullapool route will be first to pilot changes to CalMac's ticketing system

Passengers on CalMac's Ullapool to Stornoway route will be the first to trial new enhancements to the company's ticketing system.

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CalMac commissioned report looks at next 25 years' Argyll and Clyde marine economy

The independent report commissioned by CalMac was co-authored and compiled by MacArthur Green environmental consultants and academic specialists at University of the West of Scotland...

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Renewed global customer service standards secured

CalMac, the UK's largest ferry, operator has successfully renewed its Global Standard Accreditation for customer care in the face of a 37% increase in calls over the past year. The company's 46 strong customer operations team was again given the much coveted quality assurance mark by the Contact Centre Association (CCA) for its helpfulness and professionalism.

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CalMac goes Gaelic with social media

Staff at CalMac's customer operations centre are on a crash learning course to reach out to more Gaelic speakers through social media. Six volunteers from the customer team in Gourock are going through a Gaelic beginners course to enable them to start posting service update tweets bilingually.

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CalMac backing brings national science workshops to remote areas for the first time

Primary school children across some of Scotland's remotest west coast areas will benefit from a touring science education programme for the first time.

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CalMac's Small Isles ferry becomes the latest in the fleet to achieve Taste Our Best status

A ferry serving Scotland's Small Isles has become the 11th in Caledonian MacBrayne's fleet to achieve the national Taste Our Best status.

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Arran route first for new mobility access trial

Both ferries to Arran are trialling a new booking system that should improve the travelling experience for passengers with mobility problems.

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CalMac enlists the unlikely help of the 'Eejits' to show millennials what they're missing

Caledonian MacBrayne's brand new campaign for summer 2016 has firmly stuck on a fun badge to challenge the doubting millennial visitor to head for the isles. Hold on to your (woolly) hats!

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New disruption warnings keep customers better informed

Ferry operator CalMac is changing the way it alerts customers to disrupted services following feedback from passengers. An additional service status of yellow is being added to the existing green, amber and red categories on their website to give passengers clearer information about potential disruption.

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CalMac announces new single dive support contract

Shearwater Marine Services Ltd has been appointed as the lead contractor to provide diving support services to ferry operator CalMac. The company, based in Dunoon, will now be responsible for all diving support to CalMac's 31 strong fleet and harbour operations after winning the competitive tender competition.

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Bus link agreed for new Lochboisdale Mallaig service

Ferry operator CalMac has signed a deal with Fort William based Shiel Buses to provide onward links for foot passengers using the new Lochboisdale to Mallaig service.

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First day for MV Isle of Lewis in Oban

MV Isle of Lewis will be a familiar sight in Oban Bay over the summer as she picks up the new daily service to Barra.

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Increased service to Mull starts

MV Coruisk begins her new role as the second vessel on the Oban to Craignure run - increasing capacity for the Isle of Mull and making the mainland commutable for islanders for the first time

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MV Argyle returns to service at Wemyss Bay pier

After a six month absence while harbour improvement work was completed, MV Argyle is back at Wemyss Bay as CalMac resumes normal service to Rothesay.

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CalMac takes title at National Tourism Awards

West coast ferry operator CalMac has picked an award at the UK National Coach Tourism Awards. They were crowned Cross Sea Carrier Of The Year at a ceremony in Birmingham last night (March 16).

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Caledonian MacBrayne makes positive steps towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Caledonian MacBrayne is on track to meet its own greenhouse gas emissions reduction target.

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CalMac lends backing to inaugural P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea at Inverclyde

Operator of the UK's largest ferry network, Caledonian MacBrayne has committed support to the first ever P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea.

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Wemyss Bay to reopen for Easter

CalMac services to Rothesay will restart from Wemyss Bay on Good Friday (March 25). The pier has been closed for six months for essential repairs with services diverted to Gourock but will reopen for travel again in time for the Easter weekend.

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Safety evacuation system upgrade for MV Coruisk

A new-state-of-the-art lifesaving system is being fitted to the MV Coruisk before it takes on its new summer sailing schedule between Oban and Mull.

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CalMac giveaway for National Ferry Fortnight

West coast operator CalMac is giving away 1000 free tickets as part of National Ferry Fortnight.

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Port Ellen temporary closure

​Essential repair work at Port Ellen Ferry Terminal will require ferry operator CalMac to divert all Islay services to Port Askaig for a period of around three weeks. The port's linkspan is being replaced, along with cylinders and pipework being upgraded by owner, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL), requiring closure from April 18.

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Tune in to CalMac Culture Music 2016

Ferry operator CalMac is again looking for the best in new Scottish talent to play a set at some of the country's biggest summer music festivals. Now in its third year CalMac Culture Music for up and coming singers and bands is now open for entries. Finalists will battle it out on the iconic stage at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow on March 31 for a chance to take the stage at one of nine festivals taking place across the west coast.

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New film encourages CalMac careers

CalMac's Fort William tour office manager stars centre stage in a new video to help young people make better decisions on their career choices.

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Horsing around over for Twilight Sparkle as CalMac staff rein her in to return to Alice

Kind-hearted CalMac staff have helped to reunite a little girl with her favourite toy pony.

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Safety evacuation system upgrade for MV Loch Portain

A new-state-of-the-art lifesaving system is being fitted to the MV Loch Portain during its annual refit this year. The new Maritime Evacuation System (MES) will be obvious to regular passengers as it is being relocated from the vehicle deck to the passenger deck. The new equipment will significantly speed up the vessel's evacuation in the event of an emergency.

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CalMac picks up first ever Creative Business prize at Arts and Business Scotland Awards

The UK's largest ferry network operator, Caledonian MacBrayne, has picked up the inaugural Creative Business Award at the Arts and Business Scotland Awards.

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Storm Henry - advice for customers

With the arrival of Storm Henry, adverse weather conditions are predicted to affect Scotland's west coast and Caledonian MacBrayne is advising passengers to check ahead on the company's website, social media feeds or app for disruptions across the network.

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CalMac pulls out all the stops to get services through to west coast communities - but disruptions persist

As the tail end of Storm Gertrude persists, bringing difficult conditions to Scotland's west coast, services across Caledonian MacBrayne's 200-mile long network continue to be disrupted and passengers are, once again, advised to check ahead.

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Tail end of Storm Jonas to cause ferry disruption

West Coast ferry services are expected to catch the tail end of the storm that brought near-record snowfall to the eastern US this week.

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Largs Ferry Terminal Upgrade

Work is starting to upgrade facilities at Largs Ferry Terminal.

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New CalMac summer timetable brings benefits across West Coast

Improved ferry services across the west coast for this summer have now been finalised between Transport Scotland, local communities and ferry operator CalMac.

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CalMac runs 75% of services in face of Storm Frank

Through flexible timetabling and responsive crewing, ferry operator CalMac managed to run around 75% of services to keep islands and isolated communities connected during Storm Frank.

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CalMac meets weather challenge with emergency timetable

In the face of severe weather warnings ferry operator CalMac is radically altering some sailings in an effort to get people home for Christmas.

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MV Coruisk start date confirmed for Gourock-Dunoon

CalMac ferry MV Coruisk will again provide extra cover on the Gourock-Dunoon crossing this winter. The vessel will be deployed on December 28 until the end of March 2016.

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CalMac is first ferry company to pick up Contact Centre Association global award

CalMac Ferries' customer services staff have picked up the Contact Centre Association's global accreditation at a ceremony in Glasgow - the first ferry company ever to achieve the standard.

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Third hybrid ferry launches on the Clyde

A cutting edge ferry, which is the third of three unique 'hybrid' vessels, was launched on the Clyde today at Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd's (FMEL) shipyard in Port Glasgow.

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CalMac Culture Screen winner's prize film goes live on Caledonian MacBrayne website

A budding amateur film maker from Oban, who won the first CalMac Culture Screen competition, has premiered his short movie in Glasgow, to great acclaim.

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CalMac promises a dram good time with Whisky Pass

Launch of CalMac's new West Coast Whisky Pass

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Caledonian MacBrayne issues safety warning over swimming at the Armadale ferry port

Members of the public have been asked not to swim or dive at Armadale Ferry Terminal on the isle of Skye by Caledonian MacBrayne staff.

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Temporary Ullapool diversion starts next week

Improvement works to Ullapool Harbour's linkspan are on course to start on Monday (April 20) meaning the closure of the port to vehicular traffic for a period of four weeks

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Tasty! Shopping locally nets nomination for CalMac at Scottish Food and Drink Awards

​Caledonian MacBrayne's commitment to sourcing and serving Scottish produce has been recognised with a nomination at the Scottish Food and Drink Awards.

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Inverness and Thurso band Gabbro picks up festival slot at CalMac Culture Music finals

A five-piece band, with members from both Inverness and Thurso, has taken one of CalMac Culture Music's hotly-contested festival slots.

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Extra Sailings for Arran

Increased demand from weekenders heading to the Isle of Arran for the Easter break has led ferry operator CalMac to lay on extra sailings.

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CalMac's MV Argyle hosts Les Gitanes with Jazz on the Ferry wowing passengers

Passengers on Caledonian MacBrayne's Wemyss Bay to Rothesay ferries have been treated to a series of special musical performances.

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CalMac's MV Finlaggan wins international safety award

UK's busiest malt whisky ferry wins an International Safety Award with merit. Caledonian MacBrayne's MV Finlaggan ferry has won an International Safety Award with merit from the British Safety Council.

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New timetables go live for extra Stornoway-Ullapool sailings

Details of the four new additional sailings linking Stornoway and Ullapool over the summer have now been published by ferry operator CalMac. The two extra return journeys on Fridays and Saturdays will run from Friday, June 26 to Saturday, August 29 and will provide a significant boost for tourists getting to and from the the island.

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Ullapool Harbour improvements bring temporary diversion

Improvements to Ullapool Harbour's linkspan will mean the closure of the port to vehicular traffic from April 20 to May 18. There will be a temporary service introduced from Stornoway to Uig to allow continued traffic to flow between Lewis and the mainland.

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Fares harmonised for duration of Ullapool upgrade work

Transport Scotland have decided to harmonise fares on the temporary Stornoway-Uig crossing with the Tarbert-Uig route for the duration of the upgrade work at Ullapool harbour.

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Crest of a wave! CalMac proud to be first the ferry operator to receive VisitScotland 'Taste Our Best' accreditation

Caledonian MacBrayne has become the first ferry company to take VisitScotland's 'Taste Our Best' seal of approval to the high seas.

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Tune up, tune in - CalMac Culture's search for new music talent launches for 2015

Two rising music stars were discovered last year when the UK's largest ferry network operator launched the CalMac Culture Music competition.

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Caledonian MacBrayne prepares for digital transformation roll-out during 2015

Caledonian MacBrayne told a conference today (January 23) how it is among the leading UK transport operators in digital infrastructure transformation.

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Caledonian Macbrayne confirms sponsorship of Bee's Knees customer focus award

Caledonian MacBrayne has confirmed sponsorship of the Excellence in Customer Focus Award for Greenock Chamber of Commerce's Bee's Knees Awards.

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CalMac congratulates those shortlisted for RYA Scotland's awards in Glasgow

The operator of the UK's largest ferry network, headquartered in Inverclyde at Gourock, has long invested in talented youth, including its own cadets scheme, and was proud to put its name to three awards recognising some of the country's current and rising stars.

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CalMac update on plans for MV Loch Seaforth and Ullapool linkspan works

Following the meeting of the Stornoway-Ullapool Taskforce set up by Transport Minister Derek Mackay last week, senior managers at ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) have been refining their plans for services during the Ullapool linkspan works and deployment of the MV Loch Seaforth.

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New date set for Ullapool harbour linkspan closure

Ullapool linkspan was due to close to vehicular traffic for a period of six weeks from February 22 to allow the new replacement linkspan to be fitted. However, delays to the Stornoway upgrade, necessary for the new MV Loch Seaforth to come onto the Stornoway-Ullapool service means that the closure has had to be postponed until April 20.

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CalMac warns of possible severe weather disruptions

Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) is warning ferry travellers that forecasters are predicting strong winds to affect many parts of its network at the end of the week and over the weekend, bringing the possibility of major disruptions to ferry services at times.

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Debit card changes

Debit card changes After monitoring fare payment on certain routes ferry operator CalMac is withdrawing the ability to pay with certain debit cards.

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MV Coruisk in service as harbour improvements continue

MV CORUISK IN SERVICE AS HARBOUR IMPROVEMENTS CONTINUE

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Investment for Ullapool harbour set to enhance ferry services

INVESTMENT FOR ULLAPOOL HARBOUR SET TO ENHANCE FERRY SERVICES Ferry operator CalMac has published details of its services from Stornoway when Ullapool linkspan is closed to vehicle traffic from the end of February 2015 due to replacement work .

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CalMac chief praises first Scottish Rural Parliament

Martin Dorchester, Managing Director of award-winning ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne ( CalMac) has praised the organisers and participants of the first Scottish Rural Parliament held in Oban last week.

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Transport Minister visits MV Loch Seaforth

TRANSPORT MINISTER VISITS MV LOCH SEAFORTH Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown MSP, today (Tuesday, November 11) paid a visit to the newest ship in the CalMac fleet, MV Loch Seaforth, which arrived in Scotland from Germany on Friday.

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CalMac commended at Digital Marketing Awards

Switched on CalMac commended at digital marketing awards An innovative digital campaign by ferry operator CalMac has secured them a top berth at the The Herald Digital Awards. The company was commended in the Public Sector category for its campaigncomehomewithcalmac.co.uk which ran over the summer season.

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CalMac wins first UK National Ferry Award

CalMac wins first UK national ferry award Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) has sailed home as UK ferry operator of the year at the National Transport Awards 2014.

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New investment for Wemyss Bay harbour

The ferry operator, Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac), has issued details of their plans to manage any disruption ahead of the publishing of the tender for the works by Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL), the port owners and organisation responsible for its upkeep.

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CalMac Culture Music Competition Winners

SOPHIE ROGERS & LEANNE SMITH WIN CALMAC MUSIC COMPETITION A competition for aspiring original singer songwriters organised by award-winning ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) has been won by Sophie Rogers & Leanne Smith.

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Award winning CalMac launch Kids Club

Award-winning ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) has launched a new Kids Club aimed at enhancing the experience of the thousands of children who sail with them every year to and from Scotland's west coast islands.

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CalMac Culture Music Competition Final

A competition for aspiring original singer songwriters organised by award-winning ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) reaches a conclusion this weekend when the final is held at Glasgow's King Tut's on Sunday (June 15).

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Western Isles car ferry 50th anniversary marked

Today (April 15, 2014) is the 50th anniversary of one of the most important events in the history of ferry services to the West Coast of Scotland.

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CMAL launch MV Loch Seaforth

Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) has launched a major new addition to its fleet in Flensburg, Germany, today (Friday 21st March).

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CalMac statement on meetings in Stornoway

Senior representatives of CalMac, including Managing Director Martin Dorchester and Chairman David McGibbon are in Stornoway today, to meet a variety of community representatives and discuss the proposed deployment of the MV Loch Seaforth and other issues associated with the Stornoway-Ullapool service.

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