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2 hours ago, 26th of foot said:

still no Government minister cares to comment

Probably too busy trying to bail their siblings out, get small businesses run by Asians shut down or just blaming Westmonster for all of life's problems.  

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Today, the cancellation of MV Finlaggan has been announced.

 

The 11 year old ferry has a faulty turbo charger and, the services to Islay will be haphazard until the new part is sourced. 

 

The good folks of Islay should not fret. Patrick Harvie has officially joined the Scottish Government and has suggested Cal-Mac invest in sails and oars.

 

Seriously, this farce has ran all summer and the Transport Minister has said nothing.

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This is a serious state of affairs for Islesmen but to descend to being facetious for a moment, where’s the Norland when you need it? Or was it the mystic galley Norwood you were on,26th?

 

 

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 Island group rages at new ferry fiasco

Government accused of arrogance for failing to buy £11m ship

Greig Cameron

Friday August 20 2021, 5.00pm, The Times

 

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/island-group-rages-at-new-ferry-fiasco-sjpbfm5zn

 

Islanders have labelled the government agency in charge of ferry procurement “obstructive and incompetent” during a summer of disruption.

Members of the Mull and Iona Ferry Committee (MIFC) are frustrated that their recommendation to buy and modify a catamaran-style vessel was knocked back by Graeme Dey, the transport minister.

They claim that the transaction and overhaul would have cost about £11 million compared with the £67 million allocated for a new Islay ferry and associated harbour upgrades. Dey acted on “deeply flawed and misleading” advice from the quango Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL), the group claimed.

It is thought that the proposed vessel could have been put into service in about 12 months, which would have helped to ease the pressure on the creaking network. CMAL feared that it would have required too many upgrades and may not have been granted a passenger certificate to let it operate in UK waters.

CMAL is already under scrutiny for its role in the disastrous Ferguson shipbuilding contract which led to the Port Glasgow yard collapsing and passing into government control. The costs of building two ferries there has more than doubled and they will be delivered years behind schedule.

The ferry committee described CMAL as “obstructive, arrogant and incompetent” on Friday. Joe Reade, the chairman, said: “There is an ideal vessel available on the market right now, but CMAL seems to be too arrogant and incompetent to take advantage of the opportunity. But even worse than that, they seem to be deliberately obstructing this much-needed vessel, in the most shocking and scandalous manner that shows only contempt for islanders.”

The catamaran-type vessel is being built in Indonesia and sold by Sealease.

“If this new-build catamaran was a viable solution we would pull out all the stops to make the purchase happen,” CMAL said. “Unfortunately, the vessel is not compliant with the strict standards required to operate in the UK, as set by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, and it needs significant modifications. Our in-house naval architects, and an independent naval architect firm appointed by us, reported this common point.

“As a public body we simply cannot spend millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money on a new-build vessel that may not be able to secure a passenger certificate and therefore never be able to operate on Scottish routes.”

Reade indicated that any deal with the vessel’s owner would have been contingent on any of the design changes needed being approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

MIFC also commissioned Strathclyde University to produce a report detailing exactly how the vessel could have been modified to the correct standards.

Reade added that the procurement process for a new vessel typically took up to eight years, meaning that those on Mull and Iona would face mounting problems as the two existing vessels struggle to keep up with the capacity needed.

 

 

 

If only the Govt had shown such technical and contractual diligence when commissioning the two ferries currently 'under construction' (using that term most loosely) then perhaps they would now be serving, happily, the Hebrides, and Arran.

Perhaps also the  docking and berthing of the vessels would have been possible without  significant alterations to/reconstruction of piers and harbourage.

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21 minutes ago, Scott7 said:

This is a serious state of affairs for Islesmen but to descend to being facetious for a moment, where’s the Norland when you need it? Or was it the mystic galley Norwood you were on,26th?

 

 

You are correct, please accept my apology.

 

I spent three weeks on the Norland, cruising from Gibraltar to South Georgia.

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2 minutes ago, 26th of foot said:

You are correct, please accept my apology.

 

I spent three weeks on the Norland, cruising from Gibraltar to South Georgia.

Thanks but nobody who was on the Norland then needs to apologise to me for anything.

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5 minutes ago, compo said:

I would imagine that most of these landlubbers on the island's voted SNP at the last election, so I dont give a monkeys for them 😄

Deserve everything they get.  Muppets voting for muppets.

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The weekend has seen the breakdown of the MV Heberides.

 

The vessel is 21 years old and has had to travel to Birkenhead for repair which puts it out of service for at least eight days. Perhaps, Cal-Mac or the Scottish Government can tell us why this vessel cannot be repaired within Scotland?

 

Oh I forgot, ra Sellik could not defend a corner thus all Scottish Government Ministers are banging on about anti-Irish racism.

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