CalMac is right to put pub­lic safety as its top pri­or­ity

The Oban Times - - News -

THERE was, un­for­tu­nately, con­sid­er­able dis­rup­tion to many peo­ple’s travel plans over the fes­tive pe­riod.

Mother Na­ture vented her fury with a brace of storms, dubbed Barbara and Conor. Sure enough, as Robert Burns wrote in the splen­did Tam O’ Shanter, ‘The wind blew as ’twad blawn its last; The rat­tling show­ers rose on the blast.’

For is­landers, es­pe­cially, it was a con­cern­ing time as they con­tem­plated get­ting home for Christ­mas and trav­el­ling to visit fam­ily and friends else­where.

The team at CalMac came in for a bit of ver­bal abuse but they did their best in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions to keep the fer­ries sail­ing and po­ten­tial pas­sen­gers in­formed.

There is a feel­ing in some quar­ters that the com­pany is too quick to can­cel sail­ings but its po­si­tion is that pub­lic safety is al­ways its first pri­or­ity.

While it is un­der­stand­ably dis­may­ing for peo­ple who can’t make their planned jour­neys, CalMac is cor­rect to fo­cus on pub­lic safety – and that of its crews – dur­ing bad weather.

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