MV Arrow - Ullapool to Stornoway FAQs
What vessel will cover the passenger service while MV Loch Seaforth is in overhaul?
MV Isle of Lewis will be redeployed to deliver services on this route while MV Loch Seaforth is in overhaul.
Who will operate the freight service from 18 - 31 October 2021?
MV Hebridean Isles will deliver the freight Service until MV Arrow is available from the 2 November 2021.
Why haven't you chartered her for the full period of MV Loch Seaforth overhaul?
The vessel is only available from 1 November 2021, and will arrive on 2 November 2021.
Why we are chartering MV Arrow?
The deployment of MV Arrow will provide additional capacity and resilience on Ullapool/Stornoway route during MV Loch Seaforth's annual overhaul. Also, should MV Loch Seaforth overhaul be delayed this will provide additional contingency options.
What route will the MV Arrow operate on?
The vessel will operate a dedicated freight service on Ullapool/Stornoway route during MV Loch Seaforth's annual overhaul period from 02 November to 07 November 2021.
How many sailings will she add on Ullapool-Stornoway?
MV Arrow will operate same level of service as MV Loch Seaforth, with a slightly amended timetable. No additional sailings will be provided.
Who will operate MV Arrow?
The vessel will be operated by Seatruck on behalf of Caledonian MacBrayne.
Are there any retail facilities on board MV Arrow?
No there are no retail facilities onboard MV Arrow as she is a freight vessel. However, meals will be available for drivers and this will be managed locally by port staff in line with normal booking processes for the freight sailing.
How do I book on MV Arrow?
Booking on MV Arrow freight sailing will be managed locally by the Ullapool/Stornoway port staff in line with normal booking processes for the freight sailing.
Can non freight passengers travel on MV Arrow?
No. As MV Arrow is a freight vessel, she is unable to take non-freight passengers.
What if MV Arrow's break clause is required?
Relief deployment will be determined considering need and other relevant factors such as demand, events, time of year, mainland availability and access to other transport modes.
Can MV Arrow cover if MV Isle of Lewis sailings are cancelled?
No, MV Arrow will not be able to cover passenger sailings if MV Isle of Lewis sailings are cancelled as she is a freight vessel.
How long will you have MV Arrow?
Freight vessel MV Arrow will be joining the CalMac fleet on a short-term charter from 02 November to 07 November 2021 to provide relief during MV Loch Seaforth's annual overhaul period. However, there is the option the extend the charter should MV Loch Seaforth overhaul be delayed.
How many freight sailings will MV Arrow complete?
MV Arrow will operate same level of service as MV Loch Seaforth, with a slightly amended timetable.
Will there be increased capacity for freight traffic on MV Arrow?
There will be an increase of around 1 or 2 Commercial Vehicles.
When will MV Loch Seaforth return to service?
MV Loch Seaforth is expected to return to service on 07 November 2021.