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The latest episode in the battle to keep Hebrides ferry sailings on any kind of a steady course came today (Monday 10 April) as MV Loch Seaforth encountered an issue with its engine en route from Stornoway.

CalMac Ferries stated: "Due to an engine control issue with MV Loch Seaforth, the 1640 arrival into Ullapool is delayed. Once the vessel is berthed, investigations will be required.

"The 1730 departing Ullapool will therefore be delayed to allow for investigations.

"An update will be provided as soon as more information is available."

The afternoon sailing from Stornoway to Ullapool was delayed en route, taking a wide detour from her course as she entered Loch Broom.

CalMac reported an engine control issue, meaning the vessel was delayed reaching Ullapool, where she arrived at 5.06pm.

She’s since been tied up with engineers attending, and the 5.30pm departure from Ullapool has been cancelled.  

The latest update says:"Due to the ongoing technical issue with MV Loch Seaforth’s engine control system, the 07:00 departing Stornoway [Tuesday April 11] is cancelled.

"There will be a review at approx. 08:00 for the 10:30 departing Ullapool."

Both freight sailings are cancelled overnight.