Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), which operates the Kilcreggan ferry connecting Helensburgh to Gourock, has recommended withdrawing one of the stops from April in a bid to save nearly £200,000 in operating costs
Jonathan Findlay, (right) chairman of SPT, said it was "simply not viable" to continue to operate the service as far as Helensburgh at a cost of nearly £370,000 a year reports The Herald.
Clyde Marine introduced a new 90-seater vessel, the MV Seabus, to the route in 2007 following £1.5m investment by SPT.
But the Seabus design had difficulty accessing the low tide Helensburgh Pier and passengers faced up to 16 scheduled cancellations a month last year.
It is claimed over the past five years the ferry service lost a fifth of passengers and only expects to carry 60,000 people in this financial year.
The move will leave Helensburgh without a ferry connection across the Clyde. It also means residents have a lengthy car journey across the Erskine Bridge as well as leading to a reduction in visitors.
The report is to be voted on at a meeting of SPT's operations committee on Friday, and recommends the introduction of a smaller vessel to operate between Gourock and Kilcreggan.