MV Isle of Ar­ran back in ser­vice

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Is­lan­ders and vis­i­tors wel­comed the re­turn of the MV Isle of Ar­ran ear­lier this week af­ter the ship was out of ser­vice for nearly three weeks with pro­pel­ler shaft prob­lems.

It was ini­tially hoped to be able to re­solve the prob­lem quickly, but the 35 -year-old ves­sel was un­able to pass sea tri­als and was sent to the Garvel dry dock in Greenock for fur­ther re­pairs.

How­ever, two fur­ther at­tempts to get it back into ser­vice failed when oil was dis­cov­ered to be leak­ing from the ship. Fol­low­ing the re­place­ment of seals the ves­sel past its sea tri­als, and while there were some still some small is­sues to iron out, the ship re­turned to ser­vice at the start of the week.

While the ferry was un­avail­able, pas­sen­gers who were al­ready booked on the MV Isle of Ar­ran were ac­com­mo­dated on al­ter­na­tive sail­ings and even the sched­uled vis­it­ing times of the Scot­tish Cab­i­net to Ar­ran, in­clud­ing those of the first min­is­ter, had to be re­duced and al­tered due to travel re­stric­tions ow­ing to the loss of the ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity of­fered by the ves­sel.

In a fur­ther blow to ferry trav­ellers a tech­ni­cal is­sue with the Ir­ish berth at Ar­drossan has meant that the back-up berth is un­able to be used which will re­sult in 10pm sail­ings be­tween Ar­drossan and Brod­ick be­ing brought for­ward to 8pm.

This will af­fect trav­ellers on Satur­day Septem­ber 8, 15 and 22.

Since this berth is used in cer­tain weather con­di­tions, this de­vel­op­ment might also cause fur­ther dis­rup­tion to ser­vices for the fore­see­able fu­ture while con­tin­gency plans are be­ing pre­pared.

The MV Isle of Ar­ran is sched­uled to com­plete her pe­riod of sea­sonal ser­vice on Mon­day Septem­ber 24.

The MV Isle of Ar­ran ar­riv­ing in Brod­ick this week.

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