The reconstruction of Port Ellen pier was successfully completed in June 2012, with the pier re-opening to ferry traffic on 01 July 2012. The challenging project was undertaken by contractors McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd, with professional engineering services provided by Halcrow Group Ltd.
The new pier has provided two substantial berths for the regular ferry service, one of which will also accommodate the grain vessel bringing in barley for the island’s whisky industry. As well as accommodating the regular ferries, MV Finlaggan and MV Hebridean Isle, and the grain vessel, the pier can also be accessed by vehicles for the first time, which will allow for unloading of other bulk carrier vessels if required. The works have also upgraded the ferry terminal water, lighting and sewage systems, and have increased the size of the marshalling area.
Prior to the works on site and throughout the construction process, CMAL have engaged with the local stakeholders through a series of regular public meetings and letter/press updates. Indeed CMAL have worked closely with local businesses and community groups as part of the project.
CMAL are planning to hold an official pier opening in late August or early September and details will be made available closer to the time.