The ferry service into Tarbert remains suspended, with services cancelled and diverted via Stornoway and Ullapool, affecting timings of the Loch Seaforth.

This follows the weekend incident where a fish-farm vessel was damaged and is now moored at the Tarbert ferry terminal pier.

Now Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil is pressing the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to remove MV Fame from the Tarbert ferry berth as a matter of urgency and allow vital ferry services to resume.

Mr MacNeil has contacted Sir Alan Massey, CEO of the MCA seeking an update on the situation which has left the Isle of Harris without a ferry service since Sunday.

Mr MacNeil said: “Today (Tuesday) I’ve heard that the MCA are arriving on site to carry out assessments…there could be further delays if they require to use divers as part of the investigation. We also know that there is bad weather coming in so this could be delayed further.

“The salient point is that the MCA should have been here first thing on Monday morning to look at that boat and should be looking to move it off a commercially sensitive berth perhaps to Scalpay or elsewhere so that normal services can resume.”

He added: “The port of Tarbert is blocked off with people having to go to Stornoway and this has been going on far too long. The MCA have to realise that they are dealing with a lifeline service. The boat needs to be shifted as soon as possible.

"And certainly the MCA should have had all relevant personnel here a lot sooner. If the situation is acute enough to be on the Cal Mac berth it is acute enough for the MCA to have been there sooner.”

Today (Tuesday 18th September) "due to ongoing issues with the stricken vessel berthed alongside at Tarbert pier" as CaMac Ferries puts it,  the following amended timetable operated: -  Depart Uig 09:30; Arrive Stornoway 12:30; Depart Stornoway 12:55; Arrive Uig 16:00

But CalMac added that tonight: "There will now not be a service to Tarbert due to the berth remaining unavailable to us."

All traffic for the 18:30 timetabled Uig-Tarbert is being asked to divert to Ullapool to travel to Stornoway.

The 17:30 Ullapool to Stornoway service tonight is being delayed until 18:00 to allow connections, to arrive in Stornoway 20:30.

Foot passenger transport will be provided.

Wednesday 19th September

There will be no service from Tarbert - Uig at 07:20 and all traffic is being asked to travel Stornoway - Ullapool at 07:00.  Foot passenger transport will depart Tarbert at 05:30

The ferry M.V Hebrides will: Depart Lochmaddy for Uig at 07:20
Arrive Uig 09:05
Depart Uig for Lochmaddy 09:30
Arrive Lochmaddy 11:15 **
Depart Lochmaddy 11:45 **
Arrive Uig 13:30 **

** All sailings for remainder of Wednesday 19th will be advised on Wednesday morning as berth availability and weather updates are received.