Electronic problem disrupts Rothesay ferry service

MV Bute was out of service on the morning of Friday, August 9 due to a recurrence of a radar problem.
MV Bute was out of service on the morning of Friday, August 9 due to a recurrence of a radar problem.

A recurring electronic problem kept one of Caledonian MacBrayne’s two Rothesay-Wemyss Bay ferries out of action on the morning of Friday, August 9.

The problem caused MV Bute to miss her 0800, 0930, 1100 and 1300 sailings from Rothesay and the 0845, 1015, 1200 and 1405 departures from Wemyss Bay, though services had returned to normal by the time this article was published.

When we asked CalMac for more detail on the reasons for the disruption, a spokesman replied: “It’s been an electronics problem which is related to the way in which the ship’s radars receive their information.

“This has been a sporadic problem but we’ve made some alterations which we believe will prevent a further reoccurrance. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Radar issues blamed on “excessive atmospheric activity” kept MV Bute out of service on the afternoon of July 29 and the morning of July 30.

Both then and on Friday, her younger sister, MV Argyle, was unaffected and continued sailing on her normal schedule.