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The pain of ferry shortfalls and repairs is being spread across the Western seaboard of Scotland. 

That's clear after CalMac today (Thursday August 4) made the following announcement regarding ferry services in the Western Isles:

Robbie Drummond, Managing Director of CalMac, said: “We have made every effort to ensure customers booked on MV Hebrides have been able to travel this week where possible.

However, we have reached the point today where we must make further changes.

“In order to reinstate sailings on the Skye Triangle routes from tomorrow (Friday), it has become necessary to redeploy some vessels from other routes to help support services in the Western Isles area.

"MV Lord of the Isles, which was providing additional sailings to the Western Isles, is now out of crew hours, so we now need an alternative solution.

“Therefore, MV Isle of Mull will move from Mull to Lochmaddy this afternoon while her sailings between Oban and Craignure will be taken over by MV Coruisk.

"To try and minimise the impact of these changes, we will maximise the number of sailings that MV Loch Frisa can undertake on this route as far as possible.

"We will also provide a shuttle service on the alternative route to Mull via Lochaline-Fishnish which will boost the number of sailings possible on this route within the limits of crew hours.

“This is a temporary measure until repairs have been completed to MV Hebrides. Work is expected to be completed on Saturday evening and we anticipate she will be back in service on Sunday. While we aim to move all booked traffic, urgent deliveries and medical appointments will be prioritised.

“Moving vessels around is not ideal but without any spare tonnage to use during disruption, it is often the only available option we have to continue to operate lifeline services. I can assure customers that we have looked at all possible alternative options before coming to this decision.

“I am deeply sorry about the effect that the loss of MV Hebrides has had on our passengers and communities.”

And if you think you've got it bad, the Mallaig to Armadale route was not even mentioned in the release.  Ten services are cancelled there today and 12 tomorrow.