MAC’s UK correspondent William Redmond reports on an unusual initiate that might fix the problem of ferries and piers:
Trying to avoid pier collisions is an ever-present hazard for ferries but the UK national bus operator, Stagecoach Group, may have the answer following hard on the heels of a ferry collision on the Kintyre Peninsula. At about 9.30 GMT on February 6th, the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry, the mv Isle of Arran, was reversing into the harbour at Kennacraig when it collided with the pier. None of the 14 passengers was hurt.
A spokesman for the ferry company said that early indications were that a mechanical fault was to blame. Damage to the pier was thought not to be too severe but the left hand linkspan and passenger walkway were put out of action and one report claimed that the ferry was holed and will now go in for a scheduled maintenance service two days early, causing the timetable to be amended.