Local News for Tuesday 27th September 2016
Ferry woes grow as bad weather moves in
The operation to return the MV Hebrides to service after Sunday’s crunch in Lochmaddy harbour could take longer than expected, and bad weather is now adding to the disruption. CalMac yesterday issued two statements – one updating contingency plans for the routes between North Uist, Harris and Skye, and one containing the first general weather warning of the season. Where the MV Hebrides is concerned, they warned that disruption could continue ‘for some time’ after divers yesterday made an inspection of the vessel’s hull. She’s currently tied up at the pier at Lochmaddy.
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Local News for Monday 26th September 2016
Ferry grounded in Lochmaddy
Ferry travel is in disarray after the MV Hebrides ran aground in Lochmaddy harbour yesterday, smashing into the new marina and grounding her hull on the shore. CalMac said that 76 passengers, with 13 cars, a motorhome and a lorry were on board as MV Hebrides, travelling from Tarbert, approached Lochmaddy port at 11.05am yesterday. The vessel was unable to to reduce speed and struck both pontoons in Lochmaddy harbour, as well as the seabed. No one was injured, the vessel's hull remains intact and all passengers and vehicles were safely disembarked. The Hebrides is now alongside and divers will make underwater investigations into damage today, ahead of a full enquiry into what happened.
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