THE boss of Gourock-based ferry firm Caledonian MacBrayne has left his role with immediate effect following a leadership review.

The shock departure of Robbie Drummond was announced today.

CalMac said the move followed a review of its executive leadership as it faces 'challenging years ahead'.

The company has been beset by problems in recent years with its ageing fleet. It has also been badly affected by the delays to the two new ferries being built by Ferguson Marine in Port Glasgow.

Mr Drummond, 54, has held the top job at CalMac for a number of years having initially been appointed interim managing director in 2018.

Duncan Mackison has been named as interim chief executive.

CalMac said: "The board wants to strengthen the focus further on operational performance of an ageing fleet, resilience and enhanced dialogue and responsiveness with the customers and the communities CalMac serves.

 "As a consequence, the board has reviewed the executive leadership of the organisation to ensure that it is best placed to achieve that during some challenging years ahead.

"As part of that review, current CEO Robbie Drummond is stepping down with immediate effect."