CalMac apologise for reduced service

MV Courisk was the only ferry operating on the Rothesay-Wemyss Bay route over the weekend.

MV Courisk was the only ferry operating on the Rothesay-Wemyss Bay route over the weekend.

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Caledonian MacBrayne have apologised for the recent disruption on the Rothesay-Wemyss Bay route over the weekend, after MV Bute was pulled from service due to safety concerns.

In a statement, CalMac said: “In conjunction with MCA we have introduced a new way of testing safety equipment which has identified that some changes have to be made along with some modifications to a few components in the safety equipment on MVs Argyle and Bute.

“We have engaged the original equipment manufacturers from Zodiac in France who are carrying out the work, along with tests and trials, to make the improvements.

“MCA are involved at all stages of the process and have been satisfied with the work and testing so far.

“As a result of this work both the MV Argyle and the MV Bute were taken out of service on Friday and the MV Courisk was brought in to replace both vessels on the Rothesay route while the necessary work was carried out. This has now been done and MV Bute has returned to service. MV Argyle will return to service at the end of the week to allow Coruisk to get her annual overhaul.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused but are sure that ferry customers would expect us to address any potential issues with safety equipment as speedily as possible.”

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