A ‘SIGNIFICANT’ number of recent cancellations to the freight service provided by the MV Muirneag between Stornoway and Ullapool has caused Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan to write to ferry operators Caledonian MacBrayne.
Dr Allan said: “Since MV Muirneag’s refit in November a number of companies have raised with me the issue of frequent cancellations to the freight ferry service between Stornoway and Ullapool.
“While some of these have been weather related many others have been due to mechanical failures. I think everyone now realises that a new vessel is needed for this route as soon as possible, and meantime it is vital that assurances are given the MV Muirneag is going to operate more reliably.”
He continued: “Clearly the crew of the vessel have been working hard to keep this service going but it is understandable why many people are anxious that the situation improves.
“This is a point I have raised in my most recent response to the draft Ferries Review.”
Dr Allan added: “I have also written to Calmac to ask whether they can respond to these concerns in light of the important of a reliable freight service to the island economy.”