Comment posted Job losses of established staff follow SPT’s change of operator of Kilcreggan Ferry by Dave Forbes.
Any new boat would certainly have to ‘work-up’ and extensive trials would have to be carried out. Clydelink surely doesn’t have experience in handling passenger vessels in heavy swells and moor their vessels first time or this wouldn’t reassure the passengers as to their own personal safety. It’s OK going across the narrows of the upper Clyde but a whole different ball game down at the Tail o’ the Bank and not to have personnel there to collect the ropes ashore is total nonsense. Will Clydelink’s crews have the essential certifications?
Dave Forbes also commented
- Reading that Clydelink’s ‘Plan C’ to use fast RiB’s from pier to pier if their supposed ‘new’ boat isn’t ready WITH MCA Greenock certification , is a proper laugh , they have to be joking right??. Surely the MCA would simply not allow such drivel , with the safety at lives at sea is concerned , if ordinary Kilcreggan ferry passengers wanted a ‘thrill-seeking ride’ , they would pay for it. With the new boat still down in Southampton , at what state of build? , Clydelink have now got 22 days to get her up on the Clyde and do extensive sea trials before she is certificated….. place your bets!!
Recent comments by Dave Forbes
- Andy Mahon: CalMac’s Lochnevis into Cammell Laird to a fabulous sunrise
Any idea why she’s down on the Mersey?
- Western Ferries family welcomes the new kids
Now it’s time for the Scottish Government to realise the folly of withdrawing the Calmac Car Ferries.
- Trouble in Transport Scotland on Deputy First Minister’s documented offer to Dunoon-Gourock Ferry Action Group
There is about a year before we put our ‘X’ in one of the two choices and if this SNP administration can conjour the town centre-to-town centre car ferry ‘rabbit’ out of the hat , the cynics among us would think that they have ‘bought’ the people of Dunoon. The present passenger ferry contract is six years and we’re two year in. Instead of paying a fortune for consultants fees , would it be entirely possible to re-activate the ‘Saturn’ in the mean time. Put her into dry dock , get her certificated again , then we can worry about what happens in four years time.
- Deputy First Minister set to bring welcome local engagement to ferry tendering processes
I started to yawn half way through , isn’t this all just shilly-shallying , the cynical amongst us would say that we are in the final year of a very very long run into the referendum and the SNP are opportunists. Withdrawning the Calmac Car Ferry from town centre to town centre , whilst blaming European competition rules , was a bad move in the first place…now they seem to be back-tracking. If the people of Dunoon and Gourock want their car ferry back…give them it…simple!
- Council concerns on proposed partial ferry service on Ardrossan-Arran-Campbeltown route
Only last week two of Calmac’s bigger ships were taken ‘off service’ due to different matters (crew sickness and engine problems). I say that Calmac could be caught out with only two spare vessels whilst Saturn is presumable just about done and gone. Could she ever be reactivated?…maybe the cost of doing so could be prohibited. What about the usual second summer only (freight) boat for Arran? What happens if daydrippers from the ‘mainland’ get stranded ashore on Kintyre because of adverse weather?…would Calmac let them stay onboard overnight or until the weather subsides?. If you don’t try anything , you will never know , there seems to be a whole lot of negativity about at least attempting the new pilot service.
powered by SEO Super Comments