POSSIBLE CHANGES AT THE TROON PORT ?

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Angus Mac Kinnon
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POSSIBLE CHANGES AT THE TROON PORT ?

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Fri Feb 20, 2015 10:56 am

CONSIDERATION IS BEING GIVEN TO RUNNING ARRAN FERRIES BETWEEN ARRAN AND THE PORT OF TROON AT TIMES OF ROUGH WEATHER WHEN THE NORMAL ARDROSSAN-BRODICK SERVICES FACE CANCELLATION DUE TO BAD WEATHER. ASSOCIATED BRITISH PORTS AND CALMAC HAVE ALREADY HELD TALKS. TROON'S SHELTERED HARBOUR ENTRANCE AND FERRY BERTH NORMALLY MANAGE TO REMAIN OPEN ON MOST POOR WEATHER DAYS. ARDROSSAN HAS OFTEN BEEN DIFFICULT TO MANOUVRE INTO, ESPECIALLY IN STORMY WEATHER FORCING THE FERRY TO TURN BACK TO BRODICK OR MAKE THE TRIP TO GOUROCK. THR TROON OPTION MEANS LOCALS AND HOLIDAY-MAKERS MAY NO LONGER BE ISOLATED ON THE ISLAND OR MAINLAND. IT IS STILL IN THE EXPLORATORY PHASE BUT LOOKS A VIABLE SOLUTION TO THE ACCESS AND WEATHER PROBLEMS THAT CAN ARISE FROM TIME TO TIME ON THIS ROUTE.











































































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Re: POSSIBLE CHANGES AT THE TROON PORT ?

Post by alasdairmac » Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:29 am

Sounds like a good solution Angus. Possibly about 20 minutes extra sailing time each way but compared to Gourock it's minimal. Possible conflict with the P&O Irish service for the berth? Downside is that Troon railway station is quite bit away.

I'd heard that Fairlie was being looked at as a possible permanent replacement. Does anyone on the site know anything about this?

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Re: POSSIBLE CHANGES AT THE TROON PORT ?

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:56 am

Sorry for non-response, playing 'catch-up'. No - have heard nothing about Fairlie being contemplated, but have always thought Fairlie could have been more gainfully employed than it has in recent years - an excellent facility. The slightly longer sailing time is minimal so not considered a significant factor in the circumstances.

The main P & O RO-RO terminal should remain unaffected for the summertime schedule and retain its current identity as the de facto port for the Troon side, whereas a secondary/standby/emergency berthage for a smaller vessel could be provided at the West Quay where it used to be a few years ago, but always providing it does not restrict other shipping movement such as the frequent movements of timber from the Ardrishaig, Ireland, Sannox and Campbeltown regions.

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Re: POSSIBLE CHANGES AT THE TROON PORT ?

Post by kennymac » Sat Mar 14, 2015 4:21 pm

Cal mac should never have left Fairlie all these years ago. To my memory Glen Sannox never missed a sailing. Don't know why they didn't bid for the NATO base when it came on the market.

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Re: POSSIBLE CHANGES AT THE TROON PORT ?

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Sat Mar 14, 2015 4:42 pm

Agree - Glen Sannox was a certainly very reliable and consistent servant. (Cannae whack an Ailsa build!)
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Re: POSSIBLE CHANGES AT THE TROON PORT ?

Post by davidwat » Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:30 pm

Apparently the good people of Arran were asked what they preferred at the time, and they voted for the Ardrossan pier to take advantage of the slightly shorter crossing. The last people Calmac would have asked would have been the Masters, who would have told them it was a dreadful idea. This has been Calmac's approach throughout the years, never consult the Masters until it is too late.
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