ISLE OF LEWIS departed Merseyside on February 19, 2014 following completion of her annual refit. Shortly after returning home the ship experienced a rudder fault on Saturday February 22.


A CalMac spokesman said: "The MV Isle of Lewis has a rudder fault which will require her to return to dry dock for repair. We had hoped that it could be corrected while berthed in Ullapool, but specialist engineers advise this is not possible. Unfortunately, the only suitable dry dock facilities available are in Liverpool, so she will leave Ullapool once we are satisfied she can sail there safely.The cause of the rudder issue is not known, and more detailed investigations will be carried out when she is in dry dock. It is too early to say when repairs will be completed and she can return to the route, but we will do everything we can to minimise her time out of service. In the meantime, MV Isle of Arran will maintain the regular service."

ISLE OF LEWIS is seen here berthing at Cammell Laird #4 Dry Dock on the morning of Sunday March 02, 2014.