MV Isle of Lewis has returned to dry dock in Liverpool following the discovery of a fault with her propeller hub.
The vessel has been in dry dock for several weeks for her annual refit with MV Isle of Arran covering the Stornoway to Ullapool route.
In the meantime MV Loch Seaforth has taken up service on the run and now MV Isle of Arran will shadow her until the return of MV Isle of Lewis.
A spokesperson for CalMac said of MV Isle of Lewis: “The latest situation is that a problem was discovered with its propeller hub that needed to be fixed. This is currently being worked on and at this stage we don’t know how long this will take. In the meantime the Loch Seaforth is operating the service with the Isle of Arran in reserve.”
Loch Seaforth has been extremely well received since her introduction to islanders on February 12th when an open day was held in Stornoway Harbour.
CalMac estimated that around 3,000 people attended the two sessions during the open day.