Ferry returns to service after crash left islanders without mainland link

The MV Hebrides sustained damage to the hull during berthing at Lochmaddy pier in Uist.

MV Hebrides to return to service following crash at Lochmaddy pier on Uist CalMacFerries

A ferry that crashed into a pier leaving an island community without a link to the mainland will resume services on Monday. 

On Wednesday evening, the MV Hebrides sustained damage to the hull during berthing at Lochmaddy pier in Uist.

The crash led to the cancellations of services between Uig on Skye, Tarbert on Harris and Lochmaddy. 

The vessel was taken to Greenock for repairs while ferries from other routes were deployed to cover Lochmaddy services. 

CalMac, who operate the ferry services, said vessels will return to their designated routes as soon as possible, including the return of a two-vessel service on the Ardrossan to Brodick route from Tuesday, and the reinstatement of the Ardrossan to Campbeltown service.

The ferry operator added that it was necessary to return MV Hebridean Isles to the Islay route so that a full service can be reinstated on the Ardrossan to Brodick route.

The company added passengers with bookings affected by the withdrawal of MV Hebrides will be contacted to advise that sailings will be reinstated and bookings will reopen from Monday afternoon.

However, MV Lord of the Isles, which was withdrawn from service on Tuesday for essential repairs, remained in dock.

CalMac said repairs to the vessel, which serves the Mallaig to Lochboisdale route, are “progressing well”.

A CalMac spokeswoman said: “This was a significant disruption for our communities, and we sincerely apologise for this at what was already a very difficult time for them. We are extremely grateful for their support and understanding as we dealt with the loss of two vessels.

“Our port teams continue to work closely with customers to ensure that their travel plans are accommodated over the coming days.”

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