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Extra resilience for ferry link over winter
The MV Coruisk will be redeployed on the Gourock-Dunoon ferry route this winter, bringing extra resilience to the service, Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay has announced.
The announcement comes following consultation with Argyll Ferries Limited, local ferry users and consideration of the evidence from the MV Coruisk's deployment over the past two winters.
Mr Mackay said:
"The deployment of the MV Coruisk has proved popular with regular passengers on the Gourock-Dunoon route for the past two winters, and will no doubt be welcomed once again this year.
"Using the MV Coruisk brings additional resilience and passenger confidence to the service at a time of year when weather conditions can be more challenging for ferries.
"The redeployment of the MV Coruisk this winter is the best option for passengers who depend on the service. When she is available, she will carry passengers on key peak sailings on the route and be on standby during other periods.
"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 and dates of the MV Coruisk's deployment are being finalised by AFL and will be announced in due course.