Ferry passengers set to benefit from the redeployment of the MV Coruisk
The announcement comes following consultation with Argyll Ferries Limited, local ferry users and consideration of the evidence from the MV Coruisk’s deployment last winter.
Ms Sturgeon said:
“The MV Coruisk was welcomed by regular passengers on the Gourock-Dunoon route last winter and brought additional resilience and confidence to the service which had been lacking in previous years.
“I want passengers to have that same confidence this winter and, following consultation with the Gourock Dunoon Ferry Services Steering Group and with Argyll Ferries Limited, I have decided that the redeployment of the MV Coruisk is the best option for passengers who depend on the service.
“The MV Coruisk is the only suitable and available vessel able to operate on this service. When she is available this winter, she will carry passengers on key peak sailings on the route and be on standby during other periods.
“Details and dates of her deployment are still being finalised but will be similar to last year.
“Looking past this winter, the Scottish Government remains committed to continuing to work with the Gourock Dunoon Ferry Services Steering Group and the wider community to find suitable long term solutions to improve the present service.”
Details of the MV Coruisk’s deployment for the winter 2014/15 schedule will be announced by Argyll Ferries Limited in due course.
The MV Coruisk’s performance on the Gourock-Dunoon route was monitored last winter, and the same measures will be put in place for the vessel’s deployment this winter.