Firstly, there are now temporary signs, erected by the Highland Council, at both the Lochybridge and West End roundabouts advising that the Corran Ferry is suspended. The main electronic sign heading out of town, which is operated by Transport Scotland, still highlights roadworks elsewhere despite contact from officers again today. However, I understand they have updated their website advice.
The Remote Operated Vehicle survey of the MV Corran has been completed today. There is no damage to the hull, but there is some scraping to the grounding bars and very slight damage to one of the propeller blades. The Council engineers are confident that the vessel can continue to operate with these minor defects, which could be repaired when the ferry is next scheduled for the dry dock. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has requested we obtain confirmation from the manufacturers of the propeller that they are also content with this assessment. We expect to receive this tomorrow.
The engineer from Germany arrived on site this afternoon and commenced his diagnostic investigations including sea trials. The Corran Ferry Twitter account is reporting that he will change parts tomorrow. This is the most optimistic assessment we’ve received since Saturday. However, officers continue with other contingency plans, including sea trials by another operator for a passenger only service. Fingers crossed that we won’t need to rely on that option and that a full service can resume soon.