Date lodged: 19 November 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how many sailings of the MV Loch Seaforth have been cancelled since January 2018 due to mechanical defect, broken down by type of defect.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 4 December 2018
Since 1 January 2018 to 31 October 2018, four of 1,649 (0.2%) sailings scheduled by the MV Loch Seaforth have been cancelled due to mechanical problems. Two of these cancellations were due to issues with the bow doors, one an issue with the engine cooling system, and the other was a failure of the port main engine, linked to the earlier failure of the engine cooling system. These four sailings made up two cancelled return journeys between Stornoway and Ullapool.