Caledonian MacBrayne’s upper Clyde relief ferry MV Coruisk will return to the Firth this winter on a similar basis to last year, the Scottish Government has announced.
The vessel was chartered by Argyll Ferries Ltd in 2013-14 to provide peak hour sailings and standby cover on the Gourock-Dunoon route, in addition to her annual spell relieving MVs Bute and Argyle between Rothesay and Wemyss Bay.
Following talks with the Gourock-Dunoon Ferry services Steering Group and Argyll Ferries, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “The MV Coruisk is the only suitable and available vessel able to operate on this service. When she is available this winter [our emphasis - Ed], she will carry passengers on key peak sailings on the route and be on standby during other periods.
“Details and dates of her deployment are still being finalised but will be similar to last year.”
The Coruisk’s usual relief dates on the Rothesay service are in November and December, allowing the route’s two resident vessels to receive their annual overhauls.
Last winter she also stood in for a spell in January after a clutch problem forced MV Bute out of service.