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Strong year for Stornoway Port

A busy and successful year for Stornoway Port Authority showed a strong underlying financial performance despite challenging economic conditions.

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Cumbersome RBS van clogs ferry space says MP

Cumbersome RBS van clogs ferry space says MP

Isles MP Angus Brendan MacNeil is writing to the Royal Bank of Scotland following the trialling of their mobile van in Barra which is taking up valuable deck space on the Sound of Barra ferry.

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More disruption expected for Island ferry travel.

Frustration at further ferry disruption

Following the announcement by CalMac Ferries Ltd that the MV Clansman is to return to dry-dock for repairs to its propulsion system during the first half of June, the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has expressed anger and frustration over the implications for the travelling public, local and visiting, at one of the busiest times of the year.

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Disappointment over lack of response on ferries from Transport Minister

Disappointment over lack of response on ferries from Transport Minister

Outer Hebrides Tourism (OHT) has reported that it has yet to hear back from Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands following their call, last month, for him to intervene on the ferries issue.

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Cheers from gin lovers for Isle of Harris tipple

Cheers from gin lovers for Isle of Harris tipple

Isle of Harris Gin has been voted the gin lovers’ favourite Scottish Gin in a nation-wide survey by The Scottish Gin Society, with thousands of its members and social media followers submitting their choices online.

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Western Isles MSP, Alasdair Allan.

MSP chairs Uist meeting on ferries

Western Isles MSP, Alasdair Allan, chaired a meeting on Friday evening [May 11th] bringing together community representatives in Uist with Calmac’s interim Managing Director Robbie Drummond.

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Glasgow commuters enticed to seek out the Extraordinary in Outer Hebrides

Glasgow commuters enticed to seek out the Extraordinary in Outer Hebrides

Whilst London Underground ban fast food adverts, travellers on the Glasgow subway are being enticed to get a taste of the Outer Hebrides.

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Fears of a frantic ferry dance this summer

Fears of a frantic ferry dance this summer

The future of ferry services to the Scottish West Coast Islands has been under the spotlight recently with disruption to sailings due to the absence of the MV Clansman.

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The Bifab fabrication yard at Arnish.

Vow to continue the battle for BiFab as redundancies are confirmed

Trade Union officials have vowed to continue their campaign for the future of the BiFab yards in Fife and Lewis after new owners DF Barnes announced fresh redundancies this morning (Friday 4 May).

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The Castlebay branch in Barra is under threat of closure.

RBS chief to be questioned about branch closures

The Scottish Affairs Committee will take evidence from Ross McEwan, CEO of the Royal Bank of Scotland on Tuesday, May 8th.

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Checking out the new plans for Castlebay Co-op

Checking out the new plans for Castlebay Co-op

The Co-op is set to serve-up a new-look store in Castlebay, Barra following a landmark £1 million investment which will see the existing store extended by almost 3,000 sq ft.

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The turbines being proposed would be as big as the massive off-shore wind turbines, which is leading to concerns about the impact on the Lewis environment and tourism.

New plan on table for Lewis wind turbine schemes

A wave of outrage has met the news that energy giant EDF, through partner ‘Lewis Wind Power’, is considering increasing the size of its turbines to be located in Lewis.

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The MV Clansman has returned to service, but will have to go back to dry dock in June for more work.

MV Clansman returns to service

CalMac ferry MV Clansman is returning to service after extensive repairs to her propulsion system.

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Forty-five of turbines currently granted planning permission will be sited in the Eishken area.''This image by Sandie Maciver of SandiePhotos Photography is taken from Airidh 'a Bhruaich in South Lochs, looking across Upper Loch Seaforth to the hills of Harris.

Largest wind turbines on land proposed for Lewis

Energy giant EDF is living up to its name as it has been revealed that the power multi-national, through partner ‘Lewis Wind Power’, is considering increasing the size of its turbines to be located in Lewis.

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Digital Connectivity Inquiry to hear from mobile operators

Digital Connectivity Inquiry to hear from mobile operators

The Scottish Affairs Committee continue their inquiry into digital connectivity on Tuesday 24 April when they hear from the UK’s mobile network operators.

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The public will have the chance to put their views forward in regards to the long-term future of ferry services in the Western Isles.

Islanders will be able to contribute to study on ferries

Island communities will have the opportunity to have their say on ferries in the Islands, as part of a study, which will be appraising the options for the long-term (30 years) provision of services.

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The MV Clansman is out of action causing a knock-on effect to ferry services around the Scottish Island network.

More disruption to Island communities due to ferry repairs

Complications during the repair to the propulsion system of West Coast ferry operator CalMac’s MV Clansman means the vessel will now be out of service for longer than first anticipated.

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Summer of discontent on ferries warns Labour

Summer of discontent on ferries warns Labour

Scottish Labour has warned of a summer of discontent on Scotland’s ferries after tourism bosses in the Outer Hebrides called on the SNP’s Humza Yousaf to intervene in the delivery of the lifeline transport system.

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The Lord of the Isles

Call to minister to intervene on ferries

Outer Hebrides Tourism (OHT) has written to Scottish Government Minister for Transport and the Islands Humza Yousaf to urge his urgent intervention on what they feel is a ferry crisis in the Western Isles.

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The Arnish fabrication yard. SGD, 20307

Good news for BiFab – new investment welcomed

There is good news for the Bifab yard at Arnish in Lewis today (Tuesday) as it been announced that the Scottish Government has brokered an agreement between Canadian company JV Driver through its subsidiary DF Barnes and BIfab to support new opportunities at Arnish, Methil and Burntisland for fabrication and construction in the marine, renewables and energy sector.

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