ONE of the largest ships in the Caledonian MacBrayne fleet has been withdrawn from service after a number of crew members tested positive for Covid-19.

Several MV Caledonian Isles services scheduled for today have been cancelled as the vessel is set to be deep cleaned, with replacement staff brought in.

The vessel typically crosses from Ardrossan to Brodick, Arran, up to five times a day.

Meanwhile, a number of other sailings to Arran have been cancelled. The MV Isle of Arran’s 8.20am, 11.05am, 1.50pm, 4.40pm and 7.20pm sailings from Ardrossan will not go ahead, while the 7am, 9.45am, 12.30pm, 3.15pm and 6pm sailings from Brodick are off.

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CalMac stated it would provide an update later this morning.

“If you have been affected by any of the above disruptions, there is no need to contact us if you're intending to travel,” the firm explained.

“Space on the Ardrossan-Brodick route will be exceptionally limited and will operate on a first-come, first-served basis, with lifeline traffic being prioritised. Because of this, we ask that customers only travel if necessary. If you do not already have a vehicle booking please do not attempt to travel.”

Those wishing to apply for a refund can visit their online form.