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4 hours ago, RANGERRAB said:

Meanwhile the Holyrood Transport Minister Michael Matheson remains conspicuous by his absence whilst the Calmac ferries fiasco goes on.Does this guy really exist?

Hokey Kokey Matheson, Catholic Warrior and all round halfwit.

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Today, the 10th August, the MV Caledonian Isles has been withdrawn from the Ardrossan to Arran route. It may be a week out of service. The solution is to transfer the second oldest vessel in the fleet, the MV Loch Linnhe to cover one of Cal-Mac's busiest routes.

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6 hours ago, 26th of foot said:

Today, the 10th August, the MV Caledonian Isles has been withdrawn from the Ardrossan to Arran route. It may be a week out of service. The solution is to transfer the second oldest vessel in the fleet, the MV Loch Linnhe to cover one of Cal-Mac's busiest routes.

Let's hope nothing happens to that, else they will need to break out the paddle boats. 

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Two stories breaking today on the ongoing Ferry Fiasco.

 

The first concerns Tim Hair, the Turnaround Director of the Scottish Government owned shipyard company at the centre of the fiasco. He has been paid £1.3 million for 454 days work. Official Scottish Government figures reveal Tim Hair's invoiced fees at the taxpayer's expense as head of the nationalised Ferguson Marine works out at £2,783 a day. This makes him one of the highest paid public servants in the UK. Both Ferguson Marine's under construction vessels remain on the slips, the earliest date of delivery is now September'22. Currently, they are nearly three times over budget.

 

The second story involves the admittance of repurposing a multi-million pound byScottish Transport Minister, Graeme Dey. Three years past, the fund was put in place to purchase spare parts for the ferry fleet. The monies have been utilised on other matters admitted the MSP for Angus South. If a further admittance reveals the fund was, 'ring fenced'; then we can look to Peter Murrell for answers?  

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Today is Friday 13th August.

 

It's bad news for the owners of Motor Homes, Campervans and, Caravans. Cal-Mac has taken the decision after discussion with the Scottish Government's Transport Scotland Agency, to ban Motor Homes, Campervans and, Caravans from standby queues for ferries. The Scottish Tourist Board says ................. nothing.

 

Welcome to Scotland. 

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Bedlam in Brodick.

 

Well the inevitable has occurred. Yesterday, a ferry sailing from Brodick, Isle of Arran to the mainland was cancelled early afternoon. The next sailing was made, but departed over an hour late. The final sailing of the MV Caledonian Isles did not occur because it had been diverted on a Mayday call to assist a yacht in distress. Since there is no spare ferry and already some islands are sharing ferry sailings on alternate days, several hundred foot passengers gathered at the terminal building on Brodick Pier with no hope of being transported back to the mainland.

 

It is reported three hours had elapsed before Cal-Mac informed those waiting that no other ferry would be sailing. They were stranded, the 350 sitting upstairs were already complaining about a lack of ventilation. The similar number downstairs had no such complaint, thus the Black Hole of Brodick did not transpire. Cal-Mac then announced those waiting would suffer overnight because, "bad weather" had arrived. 

 

Those stranded reached the only solution left open to them, they telephoned Police Scotland. Cal-Mac being ever compassionate very asking, urging folks to clear the terminal building in, "bad weather". PC Murdoch turned up amid and despite the "bad weather" and quickly found he had urgent Polis business in Lamlash. Where was the small boat armada when most needed? When will any of the several hundred stranded tourists return to new, modern Scotland?

 

 

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2 minutes ago, 26th of foot said:

Bedlam in Brodick.

 

Well the inevitable has occurred. Yesterday, a ferry sailing from Brodick, Isle of Arran to the mainland was cancelled early afternoon. The next sailing was made, but departed over an hour late. The final sailing of the MV Caledonian Isles did not occur because it had been diverted on a Mayday call to assist a yacht in distress. Since there is no spare ferry and already some islands are sharing ferry sailings on alternate days, several hundred foot passengers gathered at the terminal building on Brodick Pier with no hope of being transported back to the mainland.

 

It is reported three hours had elapsed before Cal-Mac informed those waiting that no other ferry would be sailing. They were stranded, the 350 sitting upstairs were already complaining about a lack of ventilation. The similar number downstairs had no such complaint, thus the Black Hole of Brodick did not transpire. Cal-Mac then announced those waiting would suffer overnight because, "bad weather" had arrived. 

 

Those stranded reached the only solution left open to them, they telephoned Police Scotland. Cal-Mac being ever compassionate very asking, urging folks to clear the terminal building in, "bad weather". PC Murdoch turned up amid and despite the "bad weather" and quickly found he had urgent Polis business in Lamlash. Where was the small boat armada when most needed? When will any of the several hundred stranded tourists return to new, modern Scotland?

 

 

I hope someone thanked the SNP voters among the traveller for their contribution to ferry transport in Scotland.

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Another day, another Cal-Mac ferry cancelation.

 

Yesterday, today and, probably the rest of the week; the 38 year old MV Isle of Arran has been withdrawn from the Ardrossan to Campbelltown route. Due to bedlam in Brodick, the vessel is required to cover the Ardrossan to Brodick route, ensuring several hundred foot passengers are not stranded each evening at the Brodick terminal. Of course, the real problem is there is no spare vessel in the ageing Cal-Mac fleet. Those with bookings on the Ardrossan - Campbelltown route will have to endure a 160 mile bus journey taking four and half hours.

 

Lifeline island ferry services are being effected daily and still no Government minister cares to comment.

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