Ferry disruptions are highly likely to continue right across the weekend and Boxing
Day warns Cal Mac.
“Difficult” weather for ferries is predicted to continue throughout the weekend,
said Cal Mac, with forecasts showing little let-up in conditions until Tuesday.
The shipping company urges travellers to monitor weather forecasts and ferry updates
over the festive period.
Each sailing will be kept under constant review and skippers will assess the chance
of going to sea if weather windows open up.
Many passengers changed bookings to travel yesterday in light of today’s predicted
Meanwhile, the MV Isle of Lewis managed to run a very difficult lifeline crossing
from Oban to Barra yesterday, complete with the island’s turkeys, making the journey
in seven hours instead of the usual five and a half, by diverting north round the
Small Isles. An eight metre high swell was forecast along the usual direct route.
Ferry disruptions likely up to Tuesday
23 December 2016
An emergency shipment of generators for SSE were safely delivered to Uist and Lewis
in anticipation of power outages in the wake of the storm.
Drew Collier, CalMac’s operations director, said: “Disruption is highly likely to
continue right across the weekend and Boxing Day – although each and every sailing
will be kept under constant review and we will assess weather windows as and when
they present themselves.
“I cannot stress strongly enough the need for customers to continue to pay close
attention to weather forecasts over the festive weekend and to keep a frequent eye
on our service updates – these are constantly updated and reflect the most accurate
picture of services.”