Local News for Tuesday 27th March 2018
Emergency ferry drill in Tarbert today
The CalMac ferry MV Hebrides will be the centre of a buzz of intense activity in Tarbert harbour today, as CalMac tests emergency planning drills. The drill, codenamed Exercise Tarris, will involve police, coastguard, ambulance and fire services and will focus on an incident involving the ferry, which has been deployed specifically for the drill and will not be carrying any passengers during the exercise. There will be no disruption to the normal timetabled service. CalMac's Director of of Safety, Environment and Security, Louis de Wolff said: “An exercise of this kind allows us to put into practice our emergency plans in as real a life situation as we can possibly get. It allows us to identify any weaknesses we may have and gives us the chance to tighten up how we respond to an emergency, making an already very safe service even safer.” Publicity regarding the exercise is being posted on vessels and in both ports to keep passengers informed of what is happening.