Islay Ferry Crashed into Pier at Kennacraig

The BBC just published the following information on their website re the Ferry crash at Kennacraig. From what you can read there were no injuries but it is likely that disruptions will take place. A quote from BBC:

Fourteen passengers were brought to shore safely after a ferry crashed into a pier on the Kintyre Peninsula. The Caledonia MacBrayne ferry, the MV Isle of Arran, was reversing into the harbour at Kennacraig at about 0930 GMT, after sailing from Islay . The ferry, which was also carrying a few commercial vehicles, hit the pier but no-one was hurt in the incident. A spokesman for the ferry company said early indications were that a mechanical fault was to blame. Engineers are now assessing damage to the pier, which is not thought to be too severe.

The left hand linkspan and passenger walkway are out of action at Kennacraig and the pier is not the only thing damaged. I've heard that the Isle of Arran ferry has a hole in the hull and will be taken out of service, which was planned already from next Tuesday onwards, and as a result of the crash will now be a couple of days earlier. Calmac amended the timetable as follows: Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th February 2010 on the Kennacraig/Islay Service detailed below :- Monday 8th February 04:15hrs from Port Ellen (Operating instead of the 07:00hrs) 07:00hrs from Kennacraig ( As timetabled) 09:45hrs from Port Ellen ( As timetabled) 13:00hrs from Kennacraig ( As timetabled ) 15:30hrs from Port Askaig ( As timetabled ) 17:00hrs from Port Ellen (Withdrawn) 18:00hrs from Kennacraig ( As timetabled ) 20:15hrs from Port Askaig ( Additional ) Tuesday 9th February 07:00hrs from Port Askaig (Withdrawn) 07:00hrs from Kennacraig (As timetabled) 09:45hrs from Port Ellen (As timetabled) 13:00hrs from Kennacraig (As timetabled) 15:30hrs from Port Askaig (As timetabled ). For more information and updates visit the Calmac website

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