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A cocktail of bad weather, technical breakdowns and delays on annual upgrade work has left ferry services cancelled and disrupted once again today (Wednesday 13 March).

None of the Western Isles services are running completely to timetable, with cancellations on the Stornoway Ullapool route, between Oban and Castlebay, from Lochboisdale and on the Uig triangle service.

Just one combined service will operate, at 12 noon, from Tarbert to Uig.

On board the ferries, a technical issue in the galley of MV Hebrides means passengers can expect limited hot food service during an amended Lochmaddy Uig service.

Passengers travelling to and from Stornoway are still being expected to embark and disembark via the car deck, with the passenger access system awaiting repair.

And in South Uist, MV Lord of the Isles has suffered an oil leak in her port stabiliser, limitating still further the weather and sea states in which she can operate. She is cancelled for today.

Late to return from upgrade is MV Isle of Lewis, most recently scheduled to be back in Castlebay from Aberdeen on 6 March.

On the Sound of Harris, there is a delay in MV Loch Portain’s return to service after an issue was discovered with the Schottel propulsion unit on the vessel. She’s still in Greenock where her upgrade work was being done by Dales Marine Services.

The picture shows MV Isle of Lewis in Aberdeen (James McPherson/Calmac ferries (Friends)).