Ferry strike on Friday: limited Rothesay service, Colintraive to sail as normal

Clyde Marine's MV Clipper - seen here under her previous name, Clyde Clipper, on her last visit to Rothesay in August 2014 - has been chartered by CalMac Ferries to provide a passenger-only link with Wemyss Bay during the RMT's strike on June 26, 2015. (Pic - Zak Harrison)

Clyde Marine's MV Clipper - seen here under her previous name, Clyde Clipper, on her last visit to Rothesay in August 2014 - has been chartered by CalMac Ferries to provide a passenger-only link with Wemyss Bay during the RMT's strike on June 26, 2015. (Pic - Zak Harrison)

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A limited passenger-only ferry service will run between Rothesay and Wemyss Bay this Friday, June 26, to mitigate the effects of a 24-hour strike.

CalMac Ferries Ltd (CFL) has chartered the motor vessel Clipper from Greenock-based Clyde Marine to provide cover during the all-out stoppage by members of the RMT union.

CFL has also confirmed that the Rhubodach-Colintraive ferry at the north end of Bute will operate to a normal timetable on Friday, allowing vehicle drivers to travel to and from the island via the short Kyles crossing.

The Clipper’s Rothesay-Wemyss Bay timetable for June 26 is as follows:

From Rothesay: 0700, 0900, 1100, 1800, 2000.

From Wemyss Bay: 0800, 1000, 1700, 1900, 2045.

It will not be the first time CFL has chartered the Clipper for service to and from Rothesay: her last appearance on the route was on August 23, 2014, when she was used to provide additional passenger capacity for the Bute Highland Games.

Built in 2010, the Clipper has a Class C passenger certificate allowing her to carry up to 250 people.

Full details of the services which will - or will not - operate across the CalMac network on Friday can be found by clicking here.