Lewis ferry hit by problems too often, councillor says
A ferry that sails between the Scottish mainland and the Western Isles has broken down for the second time in about two weeks.
MV Isle of Lewis, which sails between Ullapool and Stornoway, has suffered technical problems.
Operator Caledonian MacBrayne said it was unclear at this stage when the service would resume.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's transport committee chairman Iain Mackay said the ferry was failing too often.
He said: "This is not a one-off.
"It was off last week as well and now this week we don't know for how long for. It is just not good enough."
CalMac said engineers were assessing the boat and it was hoped the service could resume later on Tuesday, but this could not be guaranteed.
A spokesman added that the company's standby vessel was currently in Arran and attempts would be made to repair MV Isle of Lewis, before bringing that vessel into use.
In February, MV Isle of Lewis was damaged leaving a dry dock in Liverpool following major engine repairs.
Last month, the Scottish government announced that a new £41.8m vessel had been ordered for the route.
It will be able to take 700 passengers, 143 cars or 20 commercial vehicles.
Transport Minister Keith Brown said passengers would see marked improvements on the route once it starts sailing in June 2014.