Skipper defends Rothesay ferries’ record

MV Bute leaves Rothesay pier.
MV Bute leaves Rothesay pier.

The master of one of CalMac’s two Rothesay-Wemyss Bay ferries has mounted a stout defence of their record.

Calum Bryce, the master of MV Bute, spoke at a public meeting on the island against the backdrop of perceptions from some islanders that his ship, and its younger sister MV Argyle, are not suitable for the route they operate - and are not as suitable as the old ‘streakers’ they replaced.

“You have a superb ship for your run,” Mr Bryce said, on being asked whether he believed he had the right vessel for the job.

“The two of them, I think, are superb.

“My priorities are the safety of the passengers, the safety of my crew, the ship and the shore infrastructure, in that order.

“We don’t cancel sailings willy-nilly. We care about you people, we try to give the best service we can, and safety is always paramount.”

* You can read Mr Bryce’s thoughts in full in the May 15 issue of The Buteman - on sale now.