Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) has today announced that the contract for the Kennacraig Pier upgrade project has been awarded to Graham Construction.
The £3.44M contract was awarded following a Public Contracts Scotland tendering process and will predominantly comprise of the construction of a new berthing dolphin to accommodate the new vessel MV Finlaggan which is due in Scotland in April 2011.
In addition to the new berthing dolphin, there are also general upgrade works planned, including repairs to the existing sheet piled walls, re-profiling the concrete fixed ramp and upgrading of the fuelling system, the water supply to the pier, the terminal lighting and drainage.
The works are due to begin the week commencing 6 December 2010 and are scheduled to complete by early summer 2011. The berthing dolphin will be completed for the arrival of MV Finlaggan in April 2011.
The works will be carried out whilst maintaining one berth open at all times, to ensure continuity of the ferry service to Islay.
Director of Harbours and Piers, Lorna Spencer said: "We are delighted to announce the contract for the upgrade works to Kennacraig Pier to Graham Construction.
"Once the works are complete, the facilities will accommodate the MV Finlaggan, a new modern vessel which will serve the Islay community for many years to come and we look forward to welcoming her to Scotland next year."
Over £2 million of improvement work has already been carried out by CMAL this year including the removal of a sunken barge at the entrance to Kennacraig harbour and quay wall repairs and linkspan refurbishment at Port Ellen.
An initial public meeting to discuss the works programme will be held in the Templar Hall, Tarbert at 7pm on Thursday 9 December 2010 which will be attended by CMAL, Calmac Ferries Ltd & Halcrow and Graham Construction.
Notes to Editors
- Regular information notices with updates about the works will be posted on a project information board at the ferry terminal and CMAL will hold regular public meetings with the contractor and engineer. Details of these meetings will be published on the CMAL website shortly.
- CMAL own property at piers and harbours at more than 24 locations throughout Scotland and is embarking on an ambitious programme of investment and improvements which will create better passenger facilities.
- In addition to its pier and harbour facilities, CMAL owns 31 ferries which are leased to CalMac Ferries Ltd and Cowal Ferries Ltd.
- CMAL is a publicly owned company with Scottish Ministers as the sole shareholder.
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