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Gourock ferry passengers have slammed Argyll’s ferry service as ‘beyond a joke’ after their sailings were cancelled last Wednesday – not due to adverse weather – but to provide shelter for the Arran ferry MV Caledonian Isles.
The 10.20am and 10.50am sailings from Gourock and Dunoon respectively were cancelled on Wednesday 4 January ‘due to the arrival of the Caledonian Isles at Gourock’, according to Argyll Ferries’ website.
The Caledonian Isles was unable to berth at Ardrossan after the linkspan was damaged during the severe gales last Monday and Tuesday.
An Argyll Ferries spokesman told The Banner: ‘There is a longstanding agreement that Gourock is the ‘port of refuge’ for services from Bute and Arran which are unable to berth at their respective mainland ports due to severe weather problems.
‘The most recent diversions have been due to storm damage to the linkspan at Ardrossan, and Arran would effectively be cut off were we not able to use Gourock in this way.
‘While every effort is made to avoid a clash with Dunoon-Gourock services, unfortunately some disruption is possible and we regret any temporary inconvenience caused to customers.’
See the Arran Banner, January 14 2012 or on line at www.arranbanner.co.uk/digital