(14.00 update below) Sailings in both directions on this route have been cancelled for the morning of Tuesday 1st May.
Clydelink has published the times of coach services that will operate for the day in place of the ferry. The journey time is around 90 minutes.
- Courtesy coaches will leave from Kilcreggan Pier at 0745, 0815, 1045 and 1115.
- Courtesy coaches will leave from the front door at Gourock Station at 0645, 0915, 0945, 1215.
This decision had to be made following an incident off Kilcreggan Pier on Monday where a creel line became entangled in a propeller.
Clydelink says: ‘After an engineers report it was decided to suspend the morning ferry services for 1st May. Courtesy coach transfer is being provided, free of charge, by Clydelink and this has been published on the company website and Twitter feed.
‘The matter of creels laid in the path of the Gourock to Kilcreggan ferry service has been raised with Clydeport, the Statutory Harbour Authority.
‘It is anticipated that Clydeport will, through the appropriate means. and in conjunction with Clydelink, seek to remove any obstruction placed in close proximity to the operational route.’
Update 08.30 1st May: We have heard this morning from Councillor George Freeman that SPT has confirmed to him that it a detached string of creels fouled the Island Princess’s propeller and and damaged one engine. He enquired of SPT about the availability of a replacement boat, without response. He is aware that a second boat acquired from Ireland by Clydelink, the Cailin Oir, is the subject of an application for a passenger certificate to MCA Greenock.
The Kilcreggan Ferry website will be updating on the situation.
With ongoing engineering work on the damaged engine, courtesy coaches will operate for the remainder of today.
- Leaving Kilcreggan at 1615 and 1705.
- Leaving Gourock at 1500, 1730 and 1835.