Letter: CalMac is ‘fully committed’ to Campbeltown service

CalMac ferry leaving Campbeltown

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Sir,

I’m sure it will be disappointing to everyone in the town that due to the knock-on effects of a repair overrun, we have had to postpone the start of the summer service from Ardrossan to Campbeltown.

The MV Clansman’s propulsion system has had to be sent to Denmark for repair resulting in the fleet being one major vessel down.

In these circumstances we do not have a back-up vessel to continue to deliver the scheduled timetable.

First and foremost I would like to apologise for this.

Staff are working around the clock to get a normal service back up and running as quickly as possible and we are confident we can do this by May 23.

But we are currently in a position where we had no option but to radically overhaul the timetable to keep the most sailings open to the greatest number of people.

I know many people in Campbeltown will feel unduly impacted by this decision, but communities are feeling the pain of this disruption across our network.

We have had to defer the Mallaig Lochboisdale crossing, reduce services to Islay and Arran, and the Mallaig Armadale route has also been affected.

Unfortunately, we are facing a highly regrettable situation that we need to manage as best we can with the vessels we have.

The reality of this being we just do not have enough vessels to run a full timetable when one becomes unavailable due to a technical issue.

Under the circumstances, the timetable arrangements we have now put in place for the period of disruption are the best options we have available.

Unfortunately, this does leave Campbeltown at a disadvantage which, again, I can only apologise for, but I hope local people can at least understand the difficult position we currently find ourselves in.

We remain fully committed to the Campbeltown service as soon as we have a full fleet complement again.

Robbie Drummond,

Managing director,

CalMac Ferries Ltd.