Breakdown hits Rothesay ferry service

MV Argyle out of service at Rothesay pier on Saturday, May 16 due to a technical fault.
MV Argyle out of service at Rothesay pier on Saturday, May 16 due to a technical fault.

A routine 35-minute ferry crossing to Wemyss Bay turned into a fruitless round trip of more than three hours for Rothesay ferry passengers on Saturday.

CalMac’s MV Argyle developed a technical fault during her 8am sailing from Rothesay on Saturday - which, combined with a stiff westerly breeze, led to the vessel’s skipper deciding to return to Rothesay rather than to try to berth at Wemyss Bay.

However, the weather conditions meant she was unable to berth at Rothesay under her own (limited) power, and she had to be assisted on to the berth by a fishing vessel before the 64 passengers, nine cars and one commercial vehicle on board were eventually able to disembark shortly after 11am.

Travellers unable to reschedule their plans for another day did not reach Wemyss Bay until 12.35pm - four hours later than planned.

The fault was repaired by mid-afternoon and, after trials, the vessel re-entered service with the 3pm sailing from Rothesay.