‘No date yet’ for Rothesay ferry’s return

Emergency services were called to Wemyss Bay on Sunday, May 31 after a turbocharger failure filled the engine room of MV Argyle with smoke as she approached the pier. (Pic - Ronnie Falconer)
Emergency services were called to Wemyss Bay on Sunday, May 31 after a turbocharger failure filled the engine room of MV Argyle with smoke as she approached the pier. (Pic - Ronnie Falconer)

It’s too early to say when MV Argyle will return to service on the Rothesay-Wemyss Bay route following an emergency alert caused by a technical failure, according to Caledonian MacBrayne.

Fire, police, ambulance, coastguard and RNLI personnel were called to Wemyss Bay on the afternoon of Sunday, May 31 after a turbocharger failure filled the vessel’s engine room with smoke.

There were no injuries to passengers or crew members, but tugs had to be summoned to tow the stricken ferry to Greenock for repairs.

A CalMac spokesman said: “Specialist engineers from the engine manufacturer and turbocharger manufacturer are in attendance and are investigating the cause of the failure. Spare parts are being air freighted in.

“It’s too soon to say for certain when she will return to service but we are doing everything we can to do so as quickly as possible.”