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Ferry suffered engine breakdown
On Sep 30, 2018, the "Loch Seaforth" suffered a cooling water leak on its main engine which resulted in the vessel experiencing reduced power. The ferry arrived around one hour behind schedule. A part was replaced by engineers and the service was back up and running ”normal then. The ferry had departed from Ullapool on the scheduled 6.30 p.m. sailing to Stornoway in the evening. However, over an hour into the voyage the vessel encountered an engine failure and was forced to travel home at reduced speeds. Delays and need for repair caused the cancellation of the 10.30 p.m. sailing from Stornoway and the overnight 3am freight from Ullapool before service resumed at 7 a.m. on Oct 1.
Further delays on ferry route after power outage
After the power loss of the "Loch Seaforth" lost power just over an hour into the 10.30 a.m. sailing from Ullapool with 343 passengers and crew on board on Aug 8, in its firts amended timetable the ferry provider issued all sailings were delayed by at least six hours that day with more delays expected throughout the weekend. The first service of the day was due to leave on Aug 9 at 7 a.m. from Stornoway but that was put back to 1 p.m. CalMac advised those wishing to travel to “secure passage” by start boarding at 9.30 a.m. as check would close at 11 a.m. But it left 45 minutes late triggering even more delays throughout the rest of the day’s sailings. It was expected to arrive in Ullapool at 3.30 p.m. but was late due to its late departure with the return journey to depart at 4.30 p.m. instead at 10.30 a.m. A second amended timetable saw the 10.30 a.m. service finally leave at 5.15 p.m. with an arrival in Stornoway at 7.45 p.m. The 2 p.m. return service to Ullapool was scheduled to depart at 8.45 p.m. with an estimate arrival of 11.15 p.m. Foot passengers on that service arriving in Ullapool were advised to alert either CalMac or Citylink before departing Stornoway if onward bus transport to Inverness is required. The last crossing of the day was at 12.15 a.m. and was only due to arrive in Stornoway harbour on Aug 10 at 2.45 a.m.
Ferry suffered power outage
The "Loch Seaforth" has been affected by a power outage while travelling between Ullapool and Stornoway in Lewis on Aug 8, 2018, due to a problem with the main engine cooling systems. The vessel left the mainland at 10.30 a.m. but the problem emerged about halfway between the ports when its speed started slowing down, and the ship went adrift. The crew of an emergency towing vessel was alerted to the situation when the "Loch Seaforth" was still in the Minch. Power was partially restored on the vessel shortly before 1 p.m. enabling it to continue on its journey, eventually reaching the dock around three hours later. The ferry, which had 343 people on board, reached Stornoway with own power.RNLI lifeboats from Stornoway and Lochinver escorted the ship into Stornoway Bay. The 5.30 p.m. service out of Ullapool had been cancelled and a full assessment would be carried out. Report with photos: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-45113735News schreiben