Emergency alert as smoke fills Rothesay ferry engine room

MV Argyle pictured off Wemyss Bay after suffering a turbocharger failure which filled her engine room with smoke. (Pic - Mike Blair via Facebook)
MV Argyle pictured off Wemyss Bay after suffering a turbocharger failure which filled her engine room with smoke. (Pic - Mike Blair via Facebook)

Emergency services were called to Wemyss Bay ferry terminal on Sunday afternoon after a technical fault resulted in smoke filling the engine room of MV Argyle.

CalMac stated on Twitter that “the emergency services did not need to put out a fire” and that all crew and passengers were safe.

A spokesperson for the ferry operator told The Buteman: “The MV Argyle experienced a turbocharger failure while crossing on the 1510 Rothesay-Wemyss Bay sailing which resulted in smoke filling the engine room, although there was no fire.

“The ship sailed to Wemyss Bay where passengers (55) and vehicles (15) disembarked. No-one was injured. Damage to the ship is still being assessed.

“MV Argyle is currently berthed in Wemyss Bay awaiting tugs to move her. The MV Bute will operate between Gourock and Rothesay until MV Argyle has cleared the berth. (All are weather permitting.)

“Investigations into the cause of the failure are under way and she will not return to service until all relevant bodies are satisfied it is safe to do so.

“CalMac apologises for any inconvenience caused and ferry travellers are advised to check the website www.calmac.co.uk for the latest service information.”

* MV Bute will maintain a one-vessel service on the route on Monday, June 1 and until further notice due to MV Argyle’s technical woes, sailing at the following times.

From Rothesay: 0625, 0800, 0930, 1100, 1300, 1430, 1600, 1730 last departure 1900.

From Wemyss Bay: 0715, 0845, 1015, 1200, 1345, 1515, 1645, 1815 last departure 1945.

In addition, due to an adverse weather forecast, sailings may also be liable to disruption or cancellation at short notice on Monday, June 1.