First seasonal ferry sailing to take place as scheduled

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The first seasonal ferry sailing from Ardrossan to Campbeltown will take place this evening as originally planned, after the early return to service of the main vessel serving Arran.

Ferry operator CalMac announced that repairs to the MV Caledonian Isles have been successfully completed four days ahead of schedule.

The ferry re-joined MV Isle of Arran on the Ardrossan-Brodick route from today (Friday April 29), following repairs to her port main engine. The repairs were carried out under warranty.

The early return allows the Campbeltown-Ardrossan service to resume from this afternoon; CalMac had previously announced that the start of the service would be delayed by a week.

‘This has been an extremely difficult time for islanders and for those visiting Arran and I am sorry for the disruption the loss of MV Caledonian Isles has caused,’ said Robbie Drummond, CalMac’s managing director.

‘Engineers worked on a 24-hour rota to repair MV Caledonian Isles, which had to be taken off the Ardrossan-Brodick route on April 17 when the port main engine developed a technical fault.

‘We are extremely thankful to see the return of MV Caledonian Isles four days earlier than expected, and I am very grateful to the CalMac team who worked tirelessly with the team at Dales in Troon and MAN Energy Solutions UK to ensure that repairs were completed ahead of schedule.’