Rothesay ferry disruption continues ‘until further notice’

Caledonian MacBrayne's Rothesay-Wemyss Bay ferry MV Bute lies broken down at Rothesay pier after a fault with her propulsion system which has kept the ship out of service since the morning of Tuesday, October 7.

Caledonian MacBrayne's Rothesay-Wemyss Bay ferry MV Bute lies broken down at Rothesay pier after a fault with her propulsion system which has kept the ship out of service since the morning of Tuesday, October 7.

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Disruption to the Rothesay-Wemyss Bay ferry service is set to continue into a third day after Caledonian MacBrayne advised that due to technical problems a one-vessel service would operate “until further notice”.

A fault with MV Bute’s propulsion system has kept the 2005 vessel out of service since Tuesday morning, with passengers facing waits of up to two hours between sailings by her younger sister, MV Argyle.

The temporary one-vessel timetable, in operation until MV Bute is repaired, is as follows.

From Rothesay: 06:25, 08:00, 09:30, 11:00, 13:00, 14:30, 16:00, 17:30 and last departure at 19:00.

From Wemyss Bay: 07:15, 08:45, 10:15, 12:00, 13:45, 15:15, 16:45, 18:15 and last departure 19:45.

It’s the second time in less than a month that MV Bute has been bedevilled by technical gremlins, a previous fault on September 22 having kept the ship out of service for slightly more than 24 hours.

Announcing details of the temporary timetable on the company’s website, CalMac apologised for any inconvenience caused by the disruption.