Late start to full summer service
The MV Isle of Arran started Arran’s full summer service on Wednesday after a turbulent start to the season.
The island’s second ferry has only been operating part-time on the Arran route for the past month after the breakdown of the MV Clansman saw the Arran timetable and others on the network face disruption as ferry operators CalMac hurried to redistribute vessels to service other routes.
MV Hebrides, which was due to enter dry dock for its annual service, was also delayed and pressed into further service owing to a shortage of available vessels in the fleet.
Repairs to the MV Clansman – which suffered a breakdown because of a propulsion system failure – was delayed as parts had to be created by a specialist firm in Denmark. A tempo- rary repair has been undertaken but a permanent repair will be needed in June when a new propeller shaft will be fitted.
Normal service on the Ardrossan to Brodick route has now started with a twoboat service which will continue until Monday September 24. The Campbeltown service, also operated by the MV Isle of Arran, has also started a month late.