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It's all change again on the reliability-stricken freight ferry service out of Stornoway. 

CalMac have announced that "due to a technical issue with MV Isle of Arran’s stabilisers and current weather conditions, the vessel has been removed from service on the Ullapool-Stornoway route."

All freight sailings have been cancelled until Saturday (May 8).

"The vessel is being redeployed to accommodate demand on a less exposed route elsewhere in the network. The MV Hebridean Isles will be redeployed to support freight runs on the Ullapool-Stornoway route from Saturday 8 May.  We are in the process of contacting our freight customers to arrange alternative sailings."

On Saturday 8 May MV Hebridean Isles will operate the 01:00 sailing from Stornoway. Arrive Ullapool 04:30.  Depart Ullapool 05:00.  Arrive Stornoway 08:30

From Sunday 9 May  MV Hebridean Isles will operate an amended freight service until Monday 17 May.  CalMac note the final date is subject to change as it relates to the return to service of the MV Loch Seaforth.  

Meanwhile it's the services linking Kennacraig - Port Askaig and Kennacraig - Port Ellen which lose out in the transfer of vessels.  Because MV Hebridean Isles is being redeployed temporarily to take over the freight service on Stornoway-Ullapool, MV Isle of Arran will be deployed to this route from Friday 7 May.