Loch Linnhe ferry on Achnacroish-Oban route

We received the following information from CalMac on 2nd March 2013

This vessel will only be on the run for around a week or so to allow heavy goods vehicles onboard as the MV Eigg has a tonnage restriction.

The following report is from the Community Council Meeting of 21st February 2013

Two representatives of Cal Mac, Regional Manager David Taylor and Oban Port Manager Findlay MacRae along with Councillor Elaine Robertson, attended the Community Council Meeting on 21 February as part of the ongoing negotiations to get a replacement ferry for the Eigg on the Achnacroich Oban run.
A temporary solution until several problems can be solved, they told the meeting, is the MV Loch Linnhe which came on to the run on 1 March for one week so the crew could be trained.
A spokesman for Cal Mac has since said: The situation is that we intend deploying MV Loch Linnhe on the Lismore route up until the start of the Summer timetable ( March 29), but this is subject to demands elsewhere as she is currently a relief vessel for other routes. For the same reason, we cannot commit at this stage to retaining her on that route beyond March 29, we however agreed to review that and make a decision about possible future deployment as soon as possible.
The meeting heard that one of the problems is that the Lismore berth in Oban is not suitable in all tides and there is an issue with getting heavy machinery and hay lorries etc. over.
Elaine Robertson said that negotiations were positive and amicable and Lismore could look forward to a solution that would make the island more economically viable and hopefully make islanders working in Oban a real option as well as attracting visitors

2 photographs provided by Chris Freeman on 1st March 2013
3 photographs provided by the Website group on 2nd March 2013
2 photographs provided by Pauline Dowling on 2nd March 2013
Report provided by Pauline Dowling on 13th March 2013

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