Plans in place after ferry removed from Skye to Isles for repairs

Ferry operator CalMac has put in place temporary plans for passengers affected by disruption to its Skye Triangle crossings.

The MV Hebrides has suffered a recurrence of a problem with its firefighting system and requires repairs at a yard in Greenock.

The ferry sails between Lochmaddy in North Uist, Tarbert in Harris and Uig in Skye.

CalMac said early indications suggested the ship could be ready for departure from Greenock on Saturday evening.

However, the company warned that this was not yet guaranteed and would depend on the progress of repairs.

CalMac bosses said they were deeply sorry for the disruption and asked customers to be patient with staff as they sort out reservations.

Temporary facilities , external include additional Lochboisdale-Armadale-Lochboisdale crossings by the MV Lord of the Isles.

Local hauliers have also agreed to help free up space for other vehicles on other routes, including Stornoway to Ullapool.

CalMac Managing Director Robbie Drummond said: “Customers will understandably be unhappy with this latest disruption to their travels, and I am deeply sorry for what they are going through.

“I would like to thank customers, including carriers and businesses that have agreed to move bookings, for their patience and support during this very difficult time.”

He added: “While we know this process is time consuming and frustrating for customers, our staff are doing their best to help and should not be subjected to any aggression or violent behavior.”

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