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MV Hebridean Isles repaired and returned to Islay route

MV Hebridean Isles Image copyright Andrew Wood/Geograph
Image caption MV Hebridean Isles operates between Islay and mainland Argyll

A Caledonian MacBrayne-run ferry has been returned to its route serving Islay following repairs to damage caused when it collided with a pier.

MV Hebridean Isles collided with the Kennacraig pier near Tarbert, Argyll, last month.

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf has welcomed the return of the ferry.

He said that he understood the problems that the loss of the MV Hebridean Isles had caused to islanders and other ferry users.

Mr Yousaf said: "I'm very pleased to see the MV Hebridean Isles repaired and headed back to full service on the Islay routes at a critical point in the calendar for local tourism. The disruption to ferry services was deeply regrettable.

"I recently visited Islay and understand the problems being faced by travellers."

He added: "I am very keen to make sure that lessons are learned from this disruption so I will be holding further discussions on this incident with CalMac to highlight the inconvenience caused and ask them to consider contingency measures for any similar incidents in the future."

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