West coast ferry operator CalMac has published its carrying figures for 2018. Ferry operator CalMac and port owner Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd are to trial a one way traffic system at the Oban terminal. Ferry operator CalMac has signed a deal with Fort William based Shiel Buses to provide onward links for foot passengers using the new Lochboisdale to Mallaig service. CalMac is sending out frequent COVID-19 updates to our own staff. But one Western Isles community organisation has brought the dream closer to reality for many in the form of the St Kilda Challenge yacht race. CalMac said that was “to reflect the four-month period advised by Scottish Government as being the initial period of Covid-19 disruption”. 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. Bookings can still be made for travel from 16 July and beyond. Reviews. Tobermory High School Pipe band is drumming up more new members than ever before thanks to CalMac's Community Fund. Ferry operator CalMac is launching a new campaign to reinforce its zero tolerance policy on unacceptable behaviour. Almost half of the 200-mile long Caledonian MacBrayne network is now live with free public access wi-fi - and the remainder will be completed in early July. 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... CalMac shortlisted for two prestigious National Transport Awards: CalMac training comes closer to home for apprentices: MV Hebrides leaves Lochmaddy harbour bound for the Clyde: MV Hebrides update and latest contingency plans: MV Hebrides will proceed to dry dock in Greenock: Update following yesterday's incident with MV Hebrides in Lochmaddy: CalMac confirms additional sailings to help ease disruption: Media statement - MV Hebrides, Lochmaddy: Ferry improvements bring economic boost for islands: Mallaig Armadale winter timetable now available: CalMac unveils plans for "new era" in west coast ferry services: CalMac extends summer Go Days Out trips and teams up with ScotRail for Rail & Sail: CALMAC SIGNS FERRY AND HARBOUR SERVICES CONTRACTS: Ferry urgent! Just 1837 people travelled on its 28-route west coast network across the Easter weekend, compared with 112,000 last year. A group of around 50 primary 7 students at St Ninian's Primary School in Gourock have been treated to a morning of life on the ocean waves - without even leaving the classroom. Caledonian MacBrayne sails into Expo on the crest of a tasty wave: Write at the water's edge! The creation of the twelve member, independent board was a key element of the company's winning bid for the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service contract last year and will be a strong community voice on strategic ferry issues. Five youth groups across Islay and Jura have successfully applied to ferry operator CalMac's new Community Fund. Operator of the UK's largest ferry network, Caledonian MacBrayne, has been shortlisted in two categories for prestigious UK-wide awards. Ferry operator CalMac is launching a new Community Fund to help boost opportunities for young people in communities up and down the West Coast. Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) is inviting applications from residents of the rural communities covered by the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services (CHFS) contract to form a Community Board which will have the primary purpose of being a voice of the communities on strategic issues. Scottish Government-owned ferry operator CalMac has announced a delay to proposed price rises amid the coronavirus pandemic. 25 March 2020 - Ferry operator CalMac is urging customers looking to cancel trips to go online after its contact centres were swamped with almost 5000 phone calls in a single day. More than 100 laptops have been donated to Inverclyde causes by CalMac as part of the company's commitment to supporting communities and reducing waste. Technical issues with the MV Hebridean Isles uncovered during its annual dry dock maintenance period have delayed it's return to service. You will be aware of the global outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential to impact the lifeline ferry service operated by CalMac. In 2016 CalMac worked with Skipinnish to write a song that summed up CalMac's relationship to the west coast of Scotland, the result was Home on the Sea. An unwavering commitment to buying, serving and selling local produce on board a fleet of ferries has won a nomination at Scotland's Food and Drink Awards. 2021 We will take advice from the Government before making any decisions and we will ensure any impact is communicated early and in as much detail to communities and customers as possible. One of west coast ferry operator CalMac's most prolific passengers is retiring after sailing the equivalent of more than 10 times around world with the company. 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. The MV Isle of Lewis ferry has been returned from Barra to Oban following the announcement of Covid cases. Young swimmers from Islay and Jura joined local swimmers in Oban for the 'CalMac Swim Challenge'. A CalMac ferry is undergoing a deep clean after three crew members tested positive for coronavirus. Young people in coastal communities are set to benefit from a new CalMac partnership that aims to build new life skills while supporting local charities. Caledonian MacBrayne has been shortlisted for two major awards recognising its role in supporting rural economies across Scotland's west coast. Staff are working round the clock to get Scotland's West Coast ferry service back to normal, according to CalMac boss Robbie Drummond. Rothesay's crime writing festival, Bute Noir, expanded by more than 50% this year bringing around 250 visitors to the island specifically for the event. Ferry operator CalMac is changing the way it alerts customers to disrupted services following feedback from passengers. Young people on the Isle of Bute using a youth club funded by CalMac have described it as "brilliant" and "the best part of the week". It's seldom too early to plan and, with that in mind, CalMac has launched its 2018 Travel Trade Product Planner aimed at helping coach and tour operators to discover the beauty of Scotland's west coast. News Staff at CalMac's Gourock nerve centre have been praised for rising to challenges brought on by coronavirus pandemic. CalMac ferry passenger numbers have plunged dramatically SURREAL and strange but necessary – staff at ferry firm CalMac have revealed what it’s like to run the lifeline services during the coronavirus lockdown. ... CalMac vessel pictured ... 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