Local News for Wednesday 24th August 2016
Rig movement goes to plan
The movement of the oil rig Transocean Winner from Dalmore looked set to be completed according to plan yesterday evening, as four tugs worked together to bring the rig round the Butt of Lewis and down to Broad Bay. The Union Bear, Union Princess, Forth Drummer and Forth Warrior were all alongside the rig as she rounded the Butt yesterday afternoon. A fifth tug, ER Vittoria, waited in position in Broad Bay to begin the process of anchoring the rig, while the original towing vessel Alp Forward stood by in Stornoway harbour during the operation.
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Local News for Tuesday 23rd August 2016
CalMac will ‘transform experience’
Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne are promising to ‘transform the experience’ of ferry travellers, after concluding the contract process for Clyde and Hebridean ferry services. The company has signed formal contracts with Transport Scotland and Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) to operate ferries and harbours on the west coast of Scotland.In May CalMac was announced by Transport Scotland as the successful bidder and it also won a separate, but linked contract to deliver harbour operations at 24 ports on behalf of CMAL. Managing Director Martin Dorchester said: "Now that the contracts have been signed we can start to share information with staff and customers about our ambitious plans to transform the experience of ferry travellers during the lifetime of the contract."
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