A step closer to Rothesay ferry wi-fi

Free wifi on board Caledonian MacBrayne's Rothesay-Wemyss Bay ferries moved a small step closer with the installation of this temporary mast at Rothesay pier on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.
Free wifi on board Caledonian MacBrayne's Rothesay-Wemyss Bay ferries moved a small step closer with the installation of this temporary mast at Rothesay pier on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

Free wireless internet access on Caledonian MacBrayne’s Rothesay-Wemyss Bay ferries moved a step closer on Tuesday with the arrival of a temporary mast on Rothesay pier.

The mast is expected to remain in place for around a month while contractors test a system which is already in place on MV Argyle and is currently being installed on her sister, MV Bute, during her annual overhaul in Greenock.

A similar mast will be installed at Wemyss Bay’s ferry terminal in the next two days, and a permanent structure - which is not expected to be as high as the temporary mast - will follow once the system has been tested and is ready to go live.

Free wi-fi is already in place on MV Loch Dunvegan, the resident vessel on the Rhubodach-Colintraive route, though the brevity of that crossing allows the use of a different type of technology to that being tested on the Rothesay service.