Temporary fix sees Rothesay ferry back in service

MV Bute missed a full day's service on the Rothesay-Wemyss Bay route on Tuesday, March 29 due to "engine issues".
MV Bute missed a full day's service on the Rothesay-Wemyss Bay route on Tuesday, March 29 due to "engine issues".

A temporary repair enabled CalMac’s Rothesay ferry MV Bute to return to service on Wednesday morning after more than a day of disruption on the Wemyss Bay route.

The crossing was left in the hands of the vessel’s younger sister, MV Argyle, for all of Tuesday, halving both the frequency and capacity of the service.

The normal timetable resumed on Wednesday morning after the cancellation of one further round trip and the holding of successful sea trials.

Asked to elaborate on the ‘technical reasons’ given for MV Bute’s absence from the service, a spokesman for CalMac Ferries Ltd said the cause was “engine issues that could have developed into something more serious if the service wasn’t withdrawn”.

The spokesman confirmed that a successful temporary repair enabled the vessel to return to service, and said a permanent repair would be carried out following the completion of the ship’s timetabled sailings for the day on Wednesday.