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MV Alfred unavailable for Ullapool–Stornoway route due to 'unsuccessful' trials says CalMac

By Iona M.J. MacDonald

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MV Alfred.
MV Alfred.

The trials of MV Alfred on the Ullapool – Stornoway route have been unsuccessful, says CalMac.

MV Alfred, whose linkspan isn't the right fit and has issues with her thruster in need of repair, is said to have only been "trying out the route" and CalMac weren't reliant on her to run it.

The MV Hebridian Isles is due to take over the Ullapool – Stornoway route until November 2, and then MV Arrow will take over whilst MV Loch Seaforth is in dry dock for her annual maintenance.

However, MV Alfred will be taking over MV Caledonian Isle's services on November 4, as MV Caledonian Isles is due to carry out network berthing trials.

A CalMac spokesperson said: “As a result of MV Alfred trials at Stornoway being unsuccessful for scheduled service due to fit on the linkspan, the vessel is unavailable for timetabled freight service on the Stornoway–Ullapool route.

“In addition, MV Alfred has reported an issue with her thruster which requires a repair to be carried out. MV Alfred will take over service from MV Caledonian Isles on Saturday, November 4, which will allow MV Caledonian Isles to carry out network berthing trials.

“MV Hebridean Isles will undertake the Stornoway-Ullapool freight service until November 2 when MV Arrow will take over. MV Hebridean Isles deployment after November 2 has yet to be confirmed and will be announced as soon as possible.”

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