Late start to full sum­mer ser­vice

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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.

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