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Passengers on cross-Minch sailings between the Western Isles and mainland Scotland have had no fine-weather respite from ferry disruption.

Instead of storm delays, their travel has been affected this week by breakdowns on both MV Isle of Lewis and MV Hebrides.

Today (Tuesday 29 November) MV Isle of Lewis needed essential maintenance work which meant she sailed early to – and left late from – Oban today.

She departed Oban at 11.38pm and is expected to arrive back into Castlebay around 4.20pm this afternoon.

Meanwhile sailings on the Uig triangle route have been suspended while MV Hebrides is receiving engineers’ attention at the quayside in Lochmaddy, for a fault with her port main engine.

CalMac are estimating a 1pm return to service, with a revised timetable operating if repairs are successful.

And additional sailings are being offered on MV Hebridean Isles between Lochboisdale and Oban today, following previous cancellations due to delays in the annual overhaul programme.

MV Lord of the Isles is due to return to the Lochboisdale route on Sunday (4 December) after annual overhaul in Birkenhead.

Unaffected so far is the Stornoway Ullapool route – although Stornoway’s CalMac port office closed early yesterday due to staff sickness.