The west coast's most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups are set to benefit from the latest round of the CalMac Community Fund. CalMac's Fort William tour office manager stars centre stage in a new video to help young people make better decisions on their career choices. Operator Caledonian MacBrayne announced the news early this afternoon. There will be minimal, but unavoidable, service disruption for the duration of the project. Staff are working round the clock to get Scotland's West Coast ferry service back to normal, according to CalMac boss Robbie Drummond. Copyright Message Boards; Expert Blogs; News … Two Caledonian MacBrayne vessels have been targeted during critical docking manoeuvres by a powerful laser beam. At 9.30am today (Friday June 10), 27 yachts left the Sound of Harris in Scotland's Outer Hebrides with their sights set firmly on the St Kilda archipelago - a return journey of some 100 nautical miles. CalMac Ferries is set to launch a new national marketing campaign ahead of the 2019 tourism season, designed to raise awareness of Uist as an unmissable destination. Following on from a temporary repair to the vessel's propulsion system, the vessel will dock again for a permanent replacement part to be fitted from June 1 returning on June 12. Yahoo News. Caledonian MacBrayne's MV Finlaggan ferry has won an International Safety Award with merit from the British Safety Council. 0 comment. Both ferries to Arran are trialling a new booking system that should improve the travelling experience for passengers with mobility problems. CalMac's Service Updates Team has been crowned team of the year by the Contact Centre Association (CCA) for the quality of their customer care. News Staff at CalMac's Gourock nerve centre have been praised for rising to challenges brought on by coronavirus pandemic. Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) will be replacing the lifting cylinders on linkspan number two at Oban Harbour as part of a planned maintenance programme. More than 25,000 people packed the esplanade at Greenock over the weekend to support the inaugural P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea. Thanks to ferry operator CalMac's Community Fund Comann nam Pàrant Port Rìgh (CnPP) have been awarded £2000 to help with the set up costs of a new Gaelic youth club in the town. Young people in Cowal are being encouraged to explore their creative side at a series of new workshops being held in Dunoon Burgh Hall. They were crowned Cross Sea Carrier Of The Year at a ceremony in Birmingham last night (March 16). West coast ferry and harbour operator CalMac is looking to appoint four new members to its Community Board. Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) News & Information News Flash. Prevent the spread of coronavirus by wearing a face covering, is the simple message coming from ferry operator CalMac. Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) is participating for the third year in this week's (July 29 - August 6) professional mariners' survey organised by whales, dolphins and porpoises charity ORCA. A new-state-of-the-art lifesaving system is being fitted to the MV Loch Portain during its annual refit this year. MV Isle of Lewis will be a familiar sight in Oban Bay over the summer as she picks up the new daily service to Barra. 0 comment. Disruption to CalMac routes across the network continues, as Storm Barbara tracks its way across Scotland's west coast, but there has been resumption of services in many areas today (Saturday December 24). As the operator we are responsible for the day to day management of these locations, of which 26 are owned by Caledonian Maritime Assets limited and … CalMac is to stop taking new bookings on all of its services with a travel date of before 15 July as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In the face of severe weather warnings ferry operator CalMac is radically altering some sailings in an effort to get people home for Christmas. Caledonian MacBrayne's ferry MV Hebrides, which was involved in an incident on North Uist on Sunday (September 25), successfully sailed from Lochmaddy harbour shortly after 1515 today (Thursday September 29). Improvements to Ullapool Harbour's linkspan will mean the closure of the port to vehicular traffic from April 20 to May 18. STAFF at CalMac's Gourock nerve centre have been praised for adjusting 'ferry' well to the choppy waters brought by the coronavirus pandemic. CalMac said people "concealing themselves" in vehicles were among 273 incidents of attempted non-essential trips since 26 March. Just 1837 people travelled on its 28-route west coast network across the Easter weekend, compared with 112,000 last year. Workers on a CalMac ferry are self-isolating in their cabins after an outbreak of coronavirus. Businesses in the Western Isles are reporting an economic boost driven by increased ferry capacity and dedicated services. You can also check CalMac service status for the latest route-by-route information. West Coast Ferry operator CalMac is on course to cut its carbon emissions by 5% this year. CalMac said that was “to reflect the four-month period advised by Scottish Government as being the initial period of Covid-19 disruption”. To minimise any disruption CalMac has agreed an extension to the MV Hebrides' operating licence, which was due to enter dry dock, with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for a further three weeks. A group of three of CalMac's current 19 apprentices, came together this week to celebrate a year of notable milestones for the company's training programmes. Our passenger numbers continue to grow as reported in our parent group David MacBrayne Ltd's annual accounts. Islay and Jura's young swimmers are getting the chance to train in an Olympic sized pool thanks to ferry operator CalMac's Community Fund. STAY at home messages appear to be working after a ferry operator recorded a 99.2% drop in people using its services on Easter Sunday. Ferry operator CalMac is backing a north-west community in its bid to win £38,000 of funding for its Winter Lights Festival. The Board of David MacBrayne Limited has today (January 31, 2018) announced the appointment of Robbie Drummond, Interim Director of Service Delivery and former Group Finance Director, as Interim Managing Director of CalMac Ferries Limited from Monday, 5 February 2018. Caledonian MacBrayne sails into Expo on the crest of a tasty wave: Write at the water's edge! A fleet of CalMac employees has been trained to support colleagues who may be struggling with mental health issues. But one Western Isles community organisation has brought the dream closer to reality for many in the form of the St Kilda Challenge yacht race. Six volunteers from the customer team in Gourock are going through a Gaelic beginners course to enable them to start posting service update tweets bilingually. From Monday (March 23) until July 15, the overnight freight service will be discontinued. CalMac Ferries Ltd (CFL) are currently in the process of a procurement for a new ticketing system called "Ar Turas" internally and therefore the release of the Business Case is not appropriate at this time as the release would potentially substantially prejudices the Commercial Interest of both CFL and the Scottish Ministers. The latest addition to ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne's fleet, MV Catriona, is starting advanced sea trials around Arran and Cumbrae. Advertising campaigns launched to raise awareness of CalMac and to attract passengers have landed top industry awards for its marketing team. Pune, Maharashtra, India, January 27 2021 (Wiredrelease) MarketResearch.Biz :Thermal Energy Storage Market Overview: The report provides quantitative and qualitative information on the global Thermal Energy Storage market for the period of 2021 to 2030. Sixteen Modern Apprentices (MA) will soon be welcomed aboard by west coast ferry and harbour operator CalMac after successfully completing their training. In an innovative film exploring its enduring role at the heart of Scotland's west coast, CalMac launches Your West Coast campaign today (Thursday October 20) - a collaboration with well-known band Skipinnish. West coast ferry operator CalMac is warning of potential travel disruption as Storm Ciara is forecast to hit its area of operations this weekend. A new model of ferry operator CalMac's MV Loch Seaforth is proving a hit with more then 400 sold in the first few weeks since its launch. CalMac urge users to plan ahead Stornoway Gazette 11:57 14-Dec-20 ‘IT Really Drives The Standard,’ Calmac Welcomes New Bhoys Celtic Quick News (Weblog) 10:24 12-Dec-20 ION to provide CalMac Ferries with port management information system Ship Technology 11:23 11-Dec-20 Ferry operator CalMac is supporting the Scottish Government's Year of Young People (YoYP) 2018 with two new ticketing initiatives. Through flexible timetabling and responsive crewing, ferry operator CalMac managed to run around 75% of services to keep islands and isolated communities connected during Storm Frank. The company has signed up to the Prince of Wales' 'Waste to Wealth Commitment' organised by his responsible business network, Business in the Community. Martin Dorchester, Managing Director of award-winning ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne ( CalMac) has praised the organisers and participants of the first Scottish Rural Parliament held in Oban last week. Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel updates from our ferry partners. Photograph: Lukasz Kochanek/Alamy Dr Alasdair Allan, the Scottish National party MSP for the Western Isles, Na h … It comes as the company confirmed it will cut back services on its Clyde and Hebridean ferry services (CHFS) as passenger numbers dropped 85% in recent days. News Fares are being temporarily frozen on the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services (CHFS) network to help island residents and businesses during the outbreak of coronavirus. Read more. A ferry serving Scotland's Small Isles has become the 11th in Caledonian MacBrayne's fleet to achieve the national Taste Our Best status. He has been acting as interim managing director since February. Passengers travelling on the ferry network across Scotland's west coast this Christmas are being urged to plan ahead. Ferry operator CalMac has chartered a freight vessel for the next six days to increase capacity on the Islay service. Young Luke Ball from Kilmarnock has a dream - but he has less than 40 days left to make it a reality. Ferry operator CalMac has finalised its winter maintenance programme. West coast ferry operator CalMac has been named today (Monday October 31) as Scottish Living Wage Champion for 2016. Mr Drummond said: “CalMac has suffered significant and unprecedented financial pressures due to Covid-19 and it is likely that these will continue to have an impact for some time. 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. Additional sailings will operate on ferry routes to Skye and between North Uist and Harris to help support local communities. News Sports High Schools Life Business ... from around the nation and world say these types of actions prevent the health care system from being … See Operational News for the latest information, or call 0845 6000 449. CalMac, one of Europe's leading transport operators, has welcomed Transport Scotland's decision to award it the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services (CHFS) contract for up to eight years. Caledonian MacBrayne's official carrying statistics for 2016 reveal that the west coast of Scotland ferry company passed five million passengers for the first time since 1997. Award-winning ferry operator CalMac Ferries Ltd has gone public for the first time with its ambitious plans to transform west coast ferry services in a new contract beginning on 1 October 2016 for up to eight years. Ferry passengers will be able to book sailings for October onwards with the launch of CalMac's winter timetable this week. Ferry operator CalMac will be testing out its emergency planning drills in Tarbert harbour, Harris, on March 27. Two kind-hearted CalMac staff at Mallaig have raised £500 for the MS Society Scotland with a stall of delicious home-baking available for passengers at the port office. Ferry operator CalMac has premiered a new innovative on-board safety video to try and better educate passengers on what to do in an emergency. Money raised by Caledonian MacBrayne staff for the RNLI has been presented to volunteers at Oban Lifeboat station. Young swimmers from Islay and Jura joined local swimmers in Oban for the 'CalMac Swim Challenge'. ... News. Ferry operator CalMac is investing a record amount in keeping its fleet in ship shape condition during this year's winter maintenance programme. Disadvantaged young people living in seafaring communities are set to benefit from a £5k grant from ferry operator CalMac. Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne is launching new routes among other amendments to its winter timetable after community consultation. CALMAC has become the first ferry operator in the UK to receive a top industry verification for its infection risk management work. At a time where accurate information about Covid-19 was vital to our community, this was the right decision – even though it meant a drop in our income. Operator of the UK's largest ferry network, Caledonian MacBrayne has committed support to the first ever P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea. More than 100 laptops have been donated to Inverclyde causes by CalMac as part of the company's commitment to supporting communities and reducing waste. Coronavirus Outbreak: Latest News & Updates; Surgeon General On How to Practice Social Distancing; Coronavirus Dos and Don'ts; How Long Does Coronavirus Live On Surfaces? West Coast ferry services are expected to catch the tail end of the storm that brought near-record snowfall to the eastern US this week. Shearwater Marine Services Ltd has been appointed as the lead contractor to provide diving support services to ferry operator CalMac. As Caledonian MacBrayne's managing director and chief executive officer for the David MacBrayne Group, Martin Dorchester has announced that he will remain in post. West coast ferry operator CalMac has finalised alternative travel arrangements for the Lochaline to Fishnish, Mull route, while port owner Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) carries out upgrade work to the slipway. The ferry and harbour operator has now introduced new features to their web booking system that allows customers to save payment details and make changes to reservations online. Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) has confirmed it intends making no further changes to the Mallaig-Armadale service this summer but has agreed, after listening to community concerns, that it will review vessel deployment for summer 2017 in consultation with affected communities. A CalMac themed experience is to form part of a heritage play area in the new Rockfield Centre in Oban. Transport Minister Humza Yousaf has visited the newest and smallest vessel in the CalMac Fleet, the 12 metre MV Carvoria, which operates on the Kerrera to Gallanach route, south of Oban. A cutting edge ferry, which is the third of three unique 'hybrid' vessels, was launched on the Clyde today at Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd's (FMEL) shipyard in Port Glasgow. West coast ferry operator CalMac is launching a UK first online tool that allows customers to access carrying data for individual routes at the touch of a button. West coast ferry operator CalMac has reported a record breaking Easter weekend as visitors flocked to visit island destinations. Bosses said a relief crew will be brought in to operate the vessel once it returns to service. Tobermory High School Pipe band is drumming up more new members than ever before thanks to CalMac's Community Fund. A knock on effect of the MV Clansman's extended dry dock has required CalMac to reshuffle its fleet to continue to deliver lifeline services to communities it supports in the Western Isles. Islanders become the singing stars of new CalMac and Friends campaign: Caledonian MacBrayne nominated Best Sea Carrier at National Coach Tourism Awards: New study reveals economic impact of CalMac services: Block aid! The Coronavirus restrictions in place across Scotland mean that public transport – including ferries – should only be used if it’s for an essential purpose / journey. The port's linkspan is being replaced, along with cylinders and pipework being upgraded by owner, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL), requiring closure from April 18. West coast ferry operator CalMac is making some significant fleet improvements during this year's dry docking maintenance programme. West coast ferry operator CalMac has been named 'Ferry Operator of the Year 2018' at the National Transport Awards. Get the Ross-shire Journal sent to your inbox every week and swipe through an exact replica of the day's newspaper ... Coronavirus - Local News Health Latest News Transport Philip Murray. West coast ferry operator CalMac has reassured customers that despite unavoidable disruption due to vessel repair overrun, each of its 26 island destinations remain very much open for business. Two of the largest vessels to visit the Perth Port in recent years docked within 24 hours of each other last week. PAMIS are working alongside CalMac Ferries to assess and improve toilet provision in a new project … Continue reading “Inclusive Ferries Project – Calmac network” By Fiona Souter Categories Changing Places Toilets , News , What's On Tags calmac , changing , … On page 22 of CalMac’s financial results, it says: “The aggregate of remuneration of the highest paid Director was £191,000 (2019: £165,000).” That is a staggering 18% pay increase on the previous year, at a time when workers in the public and private sectors are feeling the pinch because of the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. Kind-hearted CalMac staff have helped to reunite a little girl with her favourite toy pony. The sailing, along with operator Caledonian MacBrayne's other routes, is running at a reduced capacity due to coronavirus restrictions. ... a catalogue of failures was highlighted in the process for building two new CalMac ferries, which are to serve Arran and the Hebrides on Scotland's publicly-owned ferry network. She will enter dry dock at the end of the week. An unwavering commitment to buying, serving and selling local produce on board a fleet of ferries has won a nomination at Scotland's Food and Drink Awards. Transport Scotland have decided to harmonise fares on the temporary Stornoway-Uig crossing with the Tarbert-Uig route for the duration of the upgrade work at Ullapool harbour. It may be the cup that cheers, but it seems tea is no longer the hot beverage of choice for travellers with west coast ferry operator, CalMac. The UK's largest ferry company has become the first transport operator in the country to adopt the new 'Any Disability Symbol' on board. Caledonian MacBrayne is on track to meet its own greenhouse gas emissions reduction target. Ferry operator CalMac is launching a new campaign to reinforce its zero tolerance policy on unacceptable behaviour. Caledonian MacBrayne ferry MV Hebrides left dry dock in Greenock and successfully completed sea trials today (Saturday October 15); she is now journeying north to Oban. The Board of David MacBrayne Ltd has today (June 19, 2018) confirmed the appointment of Robbie Drummond as Managing Director of CalMac Ferries Ltd. Two island organisations are benefiting from awards through CalMac's new Community Fund, Arran Theatre and Arts Trust (ATAT) and Corrie Primary Parent Council. A new high tech paint coating is set to make CalMac ferry MV Loch Seaforth more fuel-efficient. Racers and cruisers head for UK's remotest outpost in St Kilda Challenge: Eyes west! 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