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MV Loch Seaforth - latest update

Ongoing repairs to the MV Loch Seaforth have revealed further issues which will require attention before the vessel can return to service.

The vessel was expected to return to the Stornoway-Ullapool route by 21 May at the earliest and this date has now had to be pushed back by several days, with 28 May now being the earliest expected return date.

A further update confirming these dates will be issued on Monday following assessment by independent engineers who will be investigating the issue further over the weekend.

Specialist engineers working on the Loch Seaforth have reported that more work must be carried out to her engines, while the crankshaft also requires work.

Plans are being put in place to ensure that essential freight continues to be brought to and from the Western Isles as a matter of urgency.

Temporary changes to vessels across the network will remain in place for the time being.

CalMac Managing Director Robbie Drummond said: "This is frustrating news, as we were expecting to see the Loch Seaforth return to service sooner than this. We will continue to work closely with customers to keep them updated of the latest situation and to minimise further disruption."

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