Ferry operator CalMac is making further changes to its West Coast services in order to absorb on-going capacity issues resulting from the MV Clansman still in dry dock. West coast ferry operator CalMac has been named 'Ferry Operator of the Year 2018' at the National Transport Awards. CalMac Ferries Limited has welcomed the news that this year's Royal National Mòd can go ahead - as a digital showcase. AN outbreak of coronavirus on a CalMac ferry has seen workers self-isolate in their cabins as a boat was sent for a deep clean. Caledonian MacBrayne (Scottish Gaelic: Caledonian Mac a' Bhriuthainn), usually shortened to CalMac, is the major operator of passenger and vehicle ferries, and ferry services, between the mainland of Scotland and 22 of the major islands on Scotland's west coast.Since 2006 the company's official name has been CalMac Ferries Ltd although it still operates as Caledonian MacBrayne. Craignure on Mull is the latest CalMac location to have its first aid capability boosted with a defibrillator. The first youth groups to benefit from west coast ferry operator CalMac's new Community Fund have been announced. CalMac said people "concealing themselves" in vehicles were among 273 incidents of attempted non-essential trips since 26 March. West coast ferry operator CalMac has picked an award at the UK National Coach Tourism Awards. Two students from Inverclyde have been given an opportunity to gain valuable engineering skills thanks to a new initiative working with schools in the area. Ocean Defenders from Sunnyside Primary School in Glasgow have enlisted ferry operator CalMac to their campaign to ban plastic straws. Three Arran youth groups are set set to benefit from ferry operator CalMac's Community Fund. Argyll and Bute Council are carrying out improvement works to Rothesay pier starting next month. Ferry operator CalMac is launching a new campaign to reinforce its zero tolerance policy on unacceptable behaviour. This is more than double the amount spent last year. Following the meeting of the Stornoway-Ullapool Taskforce set up by Transport Minister Derek Mackay last week, senior managers at ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) have been refining their plans for services during the Ullapool linkspan works and deployment of the MV Loch Seaforth. SCOTTISH Government-owned ferry operator CalMac has slashed the number of ferry sailings by over half while announcing a delay to proposed price rises amid the coronavirus pandemic. Racers and cruisers head for UK's remotest outpost in St Kilda Challenge: Eyes west! Complications during the repair to the propulsion system of West Coast ferry operator CalMac's MV Clansman means the vessel will now be out of service for longer than first anticipated. West coast ferry operator CalMac is warning of potential travel disruption as Storm Callum is forecast to hit its area of operations from Friday onwards. 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 , … The MV Finlaggan's mezzanine vehicle deck is now back in full working order in time for the Islay Festival of Music and Malt, ferry operator CalMac has confirmed. Teams at Caledonian MacBrayne have been rewarded for their efforts with three shortlisted nominations for the Scottish Transport Awards. Calmac staff key workers during lockdown COVID-19. The first intake of ferry operator CalMac's new Port Operations Modern Apprenticeship has cast off on their training voyage. Due to a continuing electrical fault on the MV Finlaggan's mezzanine deck impacting vehicle capacity, extra sailings are being laid on this weekend (Saturday May 28). Businesses in the Western Isles are reporting an economic boost driven by increased ferry capacity and dedicated services. Ferry passengers intending to travel between Lochboisdale and Mallaig next week (w/c January 23) are being advised that the service is being suspended for a short period due to essential maintenance on MV Lord of the Isles. The independent Community Board has met for the first time (November 17) and agreed how it will operate in the future. The MV Isle of Lewis operates on the Oban to Castlebay, Barra run. Bookings that have already been made up to that period will be honoured where services are running. Bosses said a relief crew will be brought in to operate the vessel once it returns to service. MV Eigg, the last 'Island' class ferry in the CalMac fleet, is retiring from west coast service. The west coast's most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups are set to benefit from the latest round of the CalMac Community Fund. News. The coronavirus restrictions in place across Scotland mean that public transport – including ferries – should only be used for essential journeys/reasons. West coast ferry operator CalMac is to further extend its essential travel only timetable until at least 30 June. Girlguiding members from Tarbert are set to navigate themselves across the Irish Sea to Belfast, thanks to generous support from ferry operator CalMac's Community Fund. CalMac ferry MV Clansman is returning to service after extensive repairs to her propulsion system. Ferry operator CalMac joined 40 organisations from across the UK to pledge to take action to tackle the challenges of climate change. The State Health Department was notified by a distributor that 21 shipments of Moderna’s vaccine fell out of proper temperature range and got too cold. 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! 24 March 2020 - In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Scottish Government has made clear the need to avoid all but essential travel by ferry to Scotland's remote and island communities, 22 March 2020 - CalMac state ferry travel across Scotland must be for essential travel only. With the arrival of Storm Henry, adverse weather conditions are predicted to affect Scotland's west coast and Caledonian MacBrayne is advising passengers to check ahead on the company's website, social media feeds or app for disruptions across the network. Schools and community groups across the west coast are getting an IT upgrade from CalMac. Lewis and Harris Women's Football Association (LHWFA) is now working with more than 40 girls in the islands thanks to an award through CalMac's Community Fund. Third officer Marino Giorgetti's light bulb moment has landed him the top prize in an international photography competition. Technical issues with the MV Hebridean Isles uncovered during its annual dry dock maintenance period have delayed it's return to service. Reviews. Feis Bharraigh's 'Music for All' has been awarded £2000 from west coast ferry operator CalMac's new Community Fund. A spokesperson said: "We remain fully supportive of the efforts of CalMac, CMAL and Transport Scotland in delivering ferry services on the Clyde and … The UK's largest ferry company has become the first transport operator in the country to adopt the new 'Any Disability Symbol' on board. The 'stay at home' message would appear to be working if trips to Scotland's west coast islands are a reflection of wider travel patterns. There will be minimal, but unavoidable, service disruption for the duration of the project. CalMac has improved the functionality of its online reservations system. Ferry operator CalMac has issued a reminder that only essential travel will be allowed over the Easter weekend. A healthier approach to food on-board Caledonian MacBrayne ferries has been recognised by a national NHS-backed scheme. CalMac commitment to communities is rewarded: Loose freight consultation deferred for six months: Technology donation helps grow digital skills in Inverclyde: CalMac first UK ferry operator to receive infection control accolade: A clean sweep for CalMac in environmental awards: Barra children making music thanks to CalMac: CalMac campaigns win top marketing awards: CalMac puts staff mental health on the agenda: Calmac Community Fund offers a social space to Bute youngsters: Tribute paid to CalMac's hardworking staff: Politicians applaud CalMac's community investment: CalMac helps rescue stranded passengers - crew thanked : Latest round of CalMac Community Fund is launched: MP impressed with CalMac's Perth success story: Otters welcome Dolphins for CalMac Challenge: CalMac plans range of upgrades during dry dock: CalMac helps launch the next generation of sailors on Barra: CalMac's Covid performance scores highly with customers : CalMac acts to support passengers at Largs Cumbrae : CalMac helps Tobermory Pipe Band keep the beat : Covid performance helps CalMac secure top customer award : Passengers urged to think of others and cover their face : CalMac calls for understanding as travel rules eased: Directors reappointed to David MacBrayne Board: CalMac Community Fund helps introduce new sport to Uist youth: CalMac further extends essential timetable: CalMac helps get the right result for women's football project : Youth groups reap the benefits from CalMac Fund: Barra and the Uists youth groups win CalMac support: Community Fund boost for Oban and Mull youth groups: CalMac hopes for another quiet holiday weekend: Skye youth groups get a boost from ferry operator CalMac: Community Fund boost for Lewis youth groups: Scottish businesses unite to protect remote West Coast communities: Mallaig youth get a boost from CalMac Fund: Island beekeepers get a buzz from CalMac Fund: Increasing art opportunities for Cowal youth: Community Fund boost for Arran youth groups : Covid-19 forces CalMac to abandon 2020 apprenticeship intake : Quiet Easter for CalMac shows public sticking to guidelines: Island youth take on the CalMac Challenge : CalMac donates on-board offerings to food banks: VisitScotland - Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder Video: Passengers heed government advice as CalMac traffic down 95%: Customer Update - The List Easter Publication: CalMac moves to card or phone only payment: Relaxation of rules around passengers in cars : CalMac introduces Essential Lifeline Timetable in light of Covid-19 outbreak: CalMac delivers a connectivity upgrade to Oban carers' centre: Statement from Transport Scotland on restrictions on non-essential ferry travel : CalMac state ferry travel across Scotland must be for essential travel only: CalMac ceases all on board food and drink as a result of COVID-19 Outbreak: Prioritisation of essential goods for transport: CalMac changes freight service to ensure lifeline maintained : CalMac to cease advance bookings and hot food offering: COVID-19 - CalMac's arrangements on advance bookings and hot food offering: CalMac acts to provide travel for urgent medical appointments: Alternative service arrangements during Uig ferry terminal closure: UK first for CalMac as performance stats go online : New marine awareness play area for Arran ferry: Ferry operator issues Storm Ciara warning: CalMac offers bi-lingual customer care service : New film opens up North Lewis to the world : CalMac on the look out for new Community Board members: Seafarer hands over the tiller after 45-year career : Next generation of seafarers join CalMac: New non-stick hull serves up environmental benefits : Linkspan maintenance work at Oban Harbour to start in January : CalMac helps strengthen Hebrides women's football : CalMac crowned team of the year at UK awards : Deadline approaches for CalMac's Community Fund : CalMac tackling ferry issues on the West Coast isles: CalMac helps educate new generation about remembrance : Rothesay pupils learn a different lesson aboard MV Bute: Additional information for Lochaline upgrade closure: Record investment in ferry overhaul programme: CalMac support extends hours for Ayrshire specialist childcare : CalMac in running for east coast business award: CalMac tees up Gourock junior golfers for success : New children's book festival set for Arran: CalMac backing for new inclusion project on Bute: Light bulb moment lands Marino photography prize : CalMac opens the airways to island youth: New CalMac team delivers more on-board car spaces : Tarbert Guides all set to sail thanks to CalMac : Sea Cadets get a boost from CalMac's Community Fund : Islay and Jura youth groups tap in to new Community Fund: CalMac backs west coast youth development projects : £2,000 boost for Eigg Gaelic youth project : Expansion of Mull pipe band thanks to CalMac grant: CalMac helps bring new Gaelic Youth Club to Skye: Ton' tour sets sail for far-flung football fields: CalMac crews donate £1000 to support Oban lifeboat : Uist and Benbecula youth groups to benefit from CalMac Community Fund: Islands hear Sunnyside's conservation message : Fleet resilience boosted by new Mobile Maintenance Team : Feis Bharraigh taps into CalMac's new Community Fund: Community Fund boost for Lewis and Harris youth groups : Ullapool swim group take a dip into CalMac's new Community Fund: Excellence Award for CalMac's commitment to training: CalMac wish Jane Ferry good luck for the World Cup: CalMac first in UK with new customer service award: Full steam ahead for new CalMac themed play area in Oban : Home on the Sea has been re-recorded in Gaelic and will shortly be released by Skipinnish: Record breaking Easter for west coast islands: Managing CalMac online reservations now easier : CalMac creates new customer service jobs in Stornoway: CalMac ensures Queen Mary flies the flag again: CalMac backs Ullapool winter lights bid : CalMac's new charity link up supports seafarers' children : CalMac Modern Apprentices move Queen Mary restoration forward: CalMac partnership leads to UK award for City of Glasgow College : CalMac's latest fleet addition proving popular : CalMac confirms sponsorship for Skye music festival: CalMac cutting carbon as part of new eco actions : Largest cargo to offload in a decade at Perth Harbour : Hospitality apprentices set for career at sea : CalMac Community Board aims to boost island business: Outer Hebrides Tourism and CalMac Ferries set to launch extensive Uist Marketing campaign for 2019 season: CalMac amend timetable to minimise disruption during Oban linkspan works: Young people to reap benefit of CalMac's new Community Fund : CalMac takes over the tiller at Argyll Ferries: David MacBrayne Limited Announces the Appointment of a New Group Chief Executive Officer: Vessel overhaul schedule - Winter/Spring 2019: CalMac finding tea leaves passengers cold: CalMac joins Prince of Wales to sign Waste to Wealth Commitment : Passenger numbers continue to grow for CalMac: CalMac breaks new barriers with youth training opportunities : CalMac encourages new awareness of wildlife: First Port Assistants embark on Modern Apprenticeship voyage : UK ferry operator of the year award for CalMac: Ferry operator issues Storm Callum warning: Rothesay ferry terminal works start in September: Storm Hector expected to hit west coast overnight: Plastic reductions pledge to mark World Oceans Day: CalMac lends support to Year of Young People 2018: Permanent repair scheduled for MV Clansman: CalMac working round the clock to ease disruption: Repair complications require CalMac fleet reshuffle : End of an era as last 'Island' class retires: New partnership set to boost marine awareness : Easter demand means further changes to CalMac services : CalMac's new man at the helm prepares for firm's busiest ever summer season: CalMac Interim Managing Director appointed: Ocean Defenders recruit CalMac to anti plastic campaign : Journey's end for for Hammy after 250,000 miles : CalMac takes a creative cut to safety announcement: Ferry operator moves to reinforce behaviour standards: CalMac appoints new wildlife officer after successful survey : CalMac Community Board to hold first meeting: CalMac MAs set a course for career at sea: Martin Dorchester steps down as David MacBrayne Chief Executive: Community backing for CalMac service improvements: Transport Minister visits CalMac's smallest vessel: CalMac sets out plans for ferry services during Lochmaddy works : CalMac improves customer experience for hearing impaired: CalMac announces new Community Board members: Wildlife watch help CalMac to environmental prize : Emergency drill set for Armadale Mallaig crossing: CalMac appoints chair of Community Board: CalMac strengthens ties with whales, dolphins and porpoises charity ORCA: CALMAC TO OPERATE ADDITIONAL SATURDAY STORNOWAY-ULLAPOOL SAILINGS IN AUGUST: CalMac seeks members for new community board: CalMac takes over running of Kerrera ferry: North Uist organisation confirms second St Kilda Challenge to UK's most remote outpost: Jump on board with CalMac for National Ferry Fortnight offers and add a friend free: Caledonian MacBrayne makes £1,000 donation to RNLI volunteer lifesavers: Scottish-led group wins top international honour for innovative maritime safety work: Ferry tasty - CalMac's onboard cafeterias add new items to their menus for 2017: Two Caledonian MacBrayne bridge crews targeted by lasers during critical manoeuvres: It's child's play as CalMac's Armadale port staff start kids' fun zone at the ferry office: Second award in one week for CalMac's support to tourism on Scotland's west coast: CalMac's first campaign aimed at millennials wins prestigious Travel Marketing Award: Two awards nods for CalMac, recognising support to rural communities and economies: CalMac apprentices celebrate a year of firsts as part of the Scottish Apprenticeship Week: CalMac's annual passenger carrying figures exceed five million for first time in 20 years: Martin Dorchester announces that he will remain as CEO for David MacBrayne Group: Plain sailing for Gourock primary students, as CalMac experts make an educational visit: CalMac launches 2018 planner for coach and tour operators, with new route packages: Bernera services manager hangs up his uniform after half a century with CalMac: LOCHBOISDALE-MALLAIG SERVICE SUSPENDED FOR SHIP REPAIRS: New super model makes her home on North Uist and becomes muse sensation for pupils: CalMac unveil summer timetables for 2017 - increased capacity on Mallaig - Armadale service: Caledonian MacBrayne ferry info as Storm Barbara makes her formidable presence felt: Christmas message from Martin Dorchester, Chief Executive Officer, David MacBrayne Ltd: CalMac launches annual photo competition for 2018 calendar : CalMac clean up puts a shine on local beauty spot : CalMac takes VisitScotland West area Thistle Award for Working Together for Tourism: David MacBrayne Ltd CEO Martin Dorchester will sleep rough to raise cash and awareness: Caledonian MacBrayne leads the UK with first maritime hospitality apprenticeship: Caledonian MacBrayne's new look online ticketing system gets ready to go live: UK's largest ferry operator to feature as part of BBC's new Storm Heroes programme: Timetable amendments to ease disruption to Rothesay: Caledonian MacBrayne named as the Living Wage Foundation's Scottish Champion 2016: CalMac's greatest fan, globe-trotting tales, good food for all - welcome to Caledonian MacBrayne's travel and tourism conference: CalMac at home on the sea - pushing the boat out with Skipinnish for unique film : UK awards recognise Caledonian MacBrayne efforts in 2015 with special commendations: MV Hebrides leaves dry dock and successfully completes sea trials: MV Hebrides to leave dry dock and resume service: And the winner is... 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