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Not the ideal solution I know, but if …

Comment posted Possible weather disruption to Gourock ferry services 14th and 15th June by DunoonLad.

Not the ideal solution I know, but if the Sound of Scalpay and/or Sound of Sanda, we’re to be sold by Western Ferries (there would obviously be a restriction by them on using the ships for vehicles) would it be viable for them to be converted to passenger only ferries? They are obviously of the tonnage required for the route, and would therefore (hopefully) be reliable replacements for the current tubs. Costs would be high I guess, but given the reliable service they would provide, would it not be a route to investigate? Yes, it’s not what a lot of people want, but………..

DunoonLad also commented

  • I see that Alex Salmond has (again) stated that his Government want passenger/vehicle ferries on the route. He stated this several years ago on the radio! The saga continues.
  • If! the contract were ever to be cancelled to Argyll Ferries, how would any other company run the service any better? I also wonder what would have been the outcome if Western, or any of the other offers had been accepted, as they all were going to use passenger only boats.
  • Cowal Courier is suggesting to-day that there may well be thoughts of cancelling the contract with Argyll Ferries due to last weekend’s chaos. Problem is what would/could replace this service at short notice?
  • To ferryman – the current Western ships probably do not have large enough passenger lounges. As a lot of posts point out, only purpose built ships will provide adequate facilities, unless you go back in history and use ships like “the Maid class” which were best described as small steamers, with good passenger facilities. Some of them were eventually converted to carry cars.
  • The Cowal Courier has an interesting article on an e-mail discussion they had with our M.S.P. regarding any replacement ships. There was an update from the ferry users group in the Standard last week.

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