MV Coruisk has been temporarily deployed on the Rothesay-Wemyss Bay ferry service after one of the route’s resident vessels broke down.
The Coruisk was redeployed from her previous duties, providing four passenger-only sailings a day on charter to Argyll Ferries between Gourock and Dunoon, after MV Bute developed a clutch problem which could take several days to fix.
MV Bute missed her last return crossing of the day on Sunday, and sailed to the James Watt Dock in Greenock on Monday morning for repairs, leaving her younger sister, MV Argyle, to handle all the traffic on the Wemyss Bay route alone.
Normal service resumed at 3pm, when the Coruisk took up the second roster on the route after sailing south from Gourock.
A CalMac spokesperson said: “Due to a technical fault on the MV Bute which is likely to take a number of days to repair, the MV Coruisk is to leave the Gourock-Dunoon run, where she has been providing four return sailings a day, and deployed on the Wemyss Bay-Rothesay route while these repairs are carried out.
“The weather forecast on Gourock-Dunoon for the next few days is looking favourable so we are confident that the MV Argyll Flyer and MV Ali Cat will be able to maintain the regular service.
“Should that change we will of course reassess the situation. We recognise that the temporary removal of the MV Coruisk will be disappointing to some, but consider it our only option to maintain a two vessel service on the very busy Rothesay route.”