CalMac vessels targeted by lasers
TWO CalMac ferries were targeted by ‘a powerful laser beam’ within 24 hours of each other as they were docking last week.
The MV Argyle and MV Bute were impacted by the green laser as they were berthing at Wemyss Bay.
The first incident took place at 8.15pm on Friday March 31, when a beam was targeted for a prolonged period directly into the bridge during docking manoeuvres. This forced the master to reduce speed further than usually required.
A similar incident took place the following evening at almost the same time, 8.10pm.
On both occasions the crew remained professional and were able to berth the vessel safely and without any injuries.
CalMac’s director of service delivery, Robbie Drummond, said: ‘I cannot emphasise enough how dangerous such utterly irresponsible behaviour is.
‘As well as posing an issue of immediate harm to our crews, these actions are illegal and an offence under the Merchant Shipping Act. They also have the potential to jeopardise the safety of passengers on board and, ultimately, the vessels.
‘That may be blunt, but it is absolutely a fact and we condemn the actions of this reckless person or persons in the strongest terms.
‘I commend our highly experienced crews for dealing with both incidents with consummate professionalism and expertise.’
A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: ‘ We can confirm that Police Scotland is investigating these incidents, which are utterly reckless. Thankfully, no- one was injured during these incidents.
‘Those who carry out this type of act should be aware of the danger that they pose.’