And in the process, the cost has more than doubled. Check what applies in the area you're considering travelling from / to Visit the gov.scot postcode checker, On public transport, you must by law wear a face covering, unless you are exempt. Fixed cost turned out to be flexible. Playing next. Payment - At our ports and on board our ferries we accept MasterCard, Visa, Apple, Google and Samsung pay. Creative Connections Lewis and Harris Housekeeper Fire Fighter Assistant Harbourmaster/Pilot A ferry operator has hit back at a union over claims a director took an 18% pay rise while suggesting staff were being denied their own pay increase. Rocking CalMac Ferry. Here are their thanks for CalMac… FERRIES between Ullapool and Stornoway have been cancelled for the whole of today – amid storm force winds in The Minch. This has been one of the most challenging periods in CalMac’s history. He regrets that he did not stop altogether and await the final design, but says that the shipyard and workforce would have gone without any funding if he had. Reading between the lines of this report, the MSPs pass on the main and most astounding evidence they received, while choosing not to reach a judgement on which of the contradictory claims about capability and mismanagement were correct. The international engineering tycoon told me he's digesting the report, but is minded to call for an inquiry, with evidence under oath. Almost all Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) ferry routes in western Scotland have been disrupted, with many links cancelled all day, as high winds sweep in from the southwest. Stay connected with the latest news, stories and competitions from CalMac by signing up to receive regular email updates. This app allows you to keep up-to-date with the latest CalMac service information while travelling or away from home. CalMac operations director Robert Morrison told BBC Scotland it was unusual for a storm to be large enough to affect the whole network, but that it was not unprecedented. Follow us on twitter for the latest service updates @CalMac_Updates and if you have any questions - just send us a tweet from 8am-8pm, 7 days a week. The storm has hit the UK just a week after Storm Ciara. Dramatic footage show a ferry lurching from side to side as it battled high winds and violent waves from Storm Dennis. The MSPs' report into the "catastrophic" mismanagement of CalMac ferry building is hard-hitting, but it doesn't end the Ferguson ferry fiasco. Accurate and up to the minute Service Status for all CalMac sailings. Stay tuned with the latest videos from CalMac over on the CalMac Culture youtube channel. Both involved the Scottish government brokering deals to bring in private sector operators, which they presented as the saving of ailing industrial sites. 0:31. The CalMac ferry Loch Seaforth prepares to leave Ullapool in calm waters. Payment - At our ports and on board our ferries we accept MasterCard, Visa, Apple, Google and Samsung pay. Perhaps it is being readied for the next 19 ships required to bring the ageing, costly and inefficient Cal-Mac fleet into the 21st Century. STORM CIARA will make landfall in Scotland tomorrow with high winds forecast to … The only intention is to finish the two ships which are now far behind schedule. A further £45m was added as a "loan". Follow us on twitter for the latest service updates @CalMac_Updates and if you have any questions - just send us a tweet from 8am-8pm, 7 days a week. Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries said Storm Dennis caused “major disruption” to its services over the weekend, but the company took time to praise the “skill of … Both led to corporate failure, and a falling out between ministers and entrepreneurs. Tier 3 restrictions 'worst-case scenario' for town, 'Don't give up, the storm ends': A message of hope. On the same day MSPs on the Rural Economy and Connectivity committee publish their punchy and damning findings on the ferries contract, Scotland's finance secretary, Kate Forbes, is explaining how she is spending £8.2bn of extra funds from the Treasury which she had not expected to have when the financial year began. Increasingly violent storms will make the crossing to Stornoway more … We love Stornoway. Meanwhile, MSPs on the committee want a "root and branch review" of the way ferries are procured. Storm, flood alerts and ferries off Created: 18 November 2020 Stornoway News Barra and Vatersay News The Met Office this morning (Wednesday 18 November) issued a warning for strong winds eastern parts of the Western Isles overnight tonight. .css-1xgx53b-Link{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:700;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#FFFFFF;}.css-1xgx53b-Link:hover,.css-1xgx53b-Link:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Read about our approach to external linking. By contrast, Ferguson shipyard agreed to a fixed cost for the two ships of £97m. Creative Connections Lewis and Harris Housekeeper Fire Fighter Assistant Harbourmaster/Pilot The Caledonian MacBrayne ferry was rocked around in the high winds SCARY footage has emerged of a CalMac vessel lurching in Ardrossan Harbour as high winds from Storm Dennis hit the town. Mr McColl answered that the first part of sequencing in shipbuilding should have been the propeller and stern block, but that design was not finalised, and so managers had to shift to other work. Ferry operator CalMac serves 53 ports around the Scottish islands across its 28 routes. 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Buy Tickets Two CalMac ferries at the centre of a political storm over cost and delays should be scrapped and work started again, it has been claimed. Stay in touch with CalMac and our latest news, information, and competitions by liking us on facebook. A leading research role in hydrogen-powered ships has been abandoned, along with a plan to develop an Inverclyde site to build fishing boats. CMAL's response to the inquiry has been to refer back to its robust evidence to the committee. Storms cancel ferries in Scotland and Norway. Ten years later, that had not been learned when the Scottish government's agencies set about procuring new ferries for CalMac. In the current strange Covid-19 environment, it seems that neither the ferry contract nor the loss of £52m on the collapsed BiFab yards in Fife and Lewis seem to be having that impact. This report suggests it's only the starting point for what's needed. Alarming footage shows a ferry rocking from side to side during strong winds as Storm Dennis swept the country. Storm Ciara latest warnings: Will CalMac ferries be cancelled as storm hits? Holyrood was contracted on the basis that the procurer carried the risk of rising cost, and as the design kept changing, that was found to be the main reason the bill soared from £50m to more than £400m. We love Stornoway. Safer Travel with CalMac  Apply for a refund. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Was very easy to look-up online the ferry timetables and prices. And soon. Read the CalMac Blog for exciting news and stories from Scotland's west coast and islands. 1 talking about this. Jim McColl and his former management team have written a forceful counterblast to MSPs, against those who blamed the former shipyard operators for the Ferguson ferry fiasco. CalMac ferry MV Caledonian Isles rocking in Ardrossan harbour as Storm Dennis hits Scotland. 29 October 2020 Update - Read our latest Covid-19 update on safer travel, bookings, timetables and frequently asked questions. And it says staffing is a problem, because the skilled workers required in Port Glasgow have more secure work in other Clyde and Rosyth shipyards. Ferguson's does not seem to be seeking other work. It also goes on to list the opportunities lost when the Scottish government nationalised the yard last December. And that is one of the stranger bits of Scottish government policy, having taken over the yards. A yellow weather warning covering the area where CalMac operates begins at 12pm on Saturday. Keep up to date with CalMac news, information, and competitions by following @calmacferries on Twitter. It also draws on whistleblower information from contacts still inside the yard, claiming there is still no final design specification for the ships and, in a year, the project has only progressed by around 10% of the total. Weeks after the election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell congratulates the president-elect. And with that, they are calling for a further inquiry, by Audit Scotland. For live ferry service status updates and information from CalMac follow @calmac_updates on Twitter today. It counters the claims made by Tim Hair, brought in by the Scottish government to salvage the shipbuilding project after nationalisation, saying his description of what he found at that stage was "ill-informed, grossly misleading and unfairly slanted". Before considering travel, be aware of Scottish Government travel restrictions which are now law. Indeed, it's something that should be taken as read. Loved the ferries, made the holiday an adventure for us. CalMac pulls out all the stops to get services through to west coast communities - but disruptions persist As the tail end of Storm Gertrude persists, bringing difficult conditions to Scotland's west coast, services across Caledonian MacBrayne's 200-mile long network continue to be disrupted and passengers are, once again, advised to check ahead. Read about our approach to external linking. If it's a parliament building, a ship or an extension to your home, beware of changing the design once the work has begun - the cost will probably go up and it will be late. CalMac has laid on an … Will CalMac ferries be cancelled as Storm Ciara hits? Some of our familiar processes have changed. However, at Ferguson's in Port Glasgow, the parliamentary inquiry seems likely to be only a lull before a renewed storm. 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