Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) is inviting communities to share their views on a project to consolidate harbour legislation across its network of ports and harbours.

CMAL is the Statutory Harbour Authority at 16 locations, and Harbour Authority, as deemed by the Port Marine Safety Code, at 11 other locations across the west coast of Scotland. Following a review of documentation, CMAL has identified over 60 varieties of legal papers relating to the operations at these locations.

The proposed Harbour Revision (Consolidation) Order will improve safety, and provide a consistent legal framework to operate, improve and maintain the CMAL harbours and marine infrastructure.

There will be 22 engagement events held across the network throughout the spring of 2024, with the first event having already been held in Port Ellen. This will allow communities to ask questions and provide feedback regarding the proposed consolidation order.

Ramsay Muirhead, Director of Port Infrastructure and Planning at CMAL said:

“With over 60 legal documents relating to the operation of harbours, one of which dates as far back as 1832, it has proven difficult to promote a consistent legislative platform across our locations.

“The consolidation order will provide the appropriate legal framework for us to introduce and promote network-wide standard General Directions to assist in meeting our statutory obligations.

“We encourage people to attend one of the meetings if they can. This type of diverse community input is highly valuable and will help inform the next steps in the process.”

Spencer Marine Consulting Ltd and Ashfords LLP are actively supporting this project, contributing extensive experience and expertise in harbour legislation to ensure its success. Provisional planned event details are listed below:

Port(s) Event Venue Event Date Event Time
Colintraive and Rhubodach Colintraive Hotel
Kyles of Bute
PA22 3AS
11/03/24 16:00–19:00
Portavadie Portavadie Hotel and Marina
Loch Fyne
PA21 2DA
13/03/24 16:00–19:00
Wemyss Bay Skelmorlie & Wemyss Bay Parish Church
Shore Road
North Ayrshire
PA17 5DY
18/03/24 16:00–19:00
Gourock Gamble Halls
44 Shore St
PA19 1RG
19/03/24 16:00–19:00
Brodick Brodick Village Hall
Isle of Arran
KA27 8DL
26/03/24 15:00–18:00
Lochranza Lochranza Village Hall
Isle of Arran
KA27 8HL
27/03/24 16:00–19:00
Oban The Rockfield Centre
Rockfield Brae
PA34 5DQ
08/04/24 16:00–19:00
Colonsay The Colonsay Hotel
Isle of Colonsay
PA61 7YP
09/04/24 16:00–19:00
Kennacraig and Claonaig Tarbert Village Hall
Campbeltown Road
PA29 6TX
22/04/24 16:00–19:00
Port Ellen Ramsay Hall
N Bay
Port Ellen
Isle of Islay
PA42 7BY
23/04/24 16:00–19:00
Largs St John’s Largs Church of Scotland
Bath Street
KA30 8BL
29/04/24 16:00–19:00
Cumbrae Garrison House
Glasgow St
Isle of Cumbrae
KA28 0DJ
30/04/24 16:00–19:00
Coll An Cridhe
5 Main St
Isle of Coll
PA78 6SY
08/05/24 16:00–19:00
Tiree An Talla
Isle of Tiree
PA77 6UP
09/05/24 16:00–19:00
Fishnish The Salen Hotel
Main St
Isle of Mull
PA72 6JE
20/05/24 16:00–19:00
Kilchoan Kilchoan Community Centre
Pier Rd
PH36 4LJ
21/05/24 15:00–18:00
Lochaline Lochaline Village Hall
PA34 5XT
22/05/24 16:00–18:30
Armadale Ardvasar Community Hall
Isle of Skye
IV45 8RS
12/06/24 16:00–19:00
Tarbert (Harris) Tarbert Community Centre
Pier Rd
Isle of Harris
18/06/24 16:00–19:00
Lochboisdale Southend Community Hall
South Uist
19/06/24 16:00–19:00
Castlebay Castlebay Community Hall
Isle of Barra
20/06/24 16:00–19:00

For more information, as well as the relevant documents and forum to ask questions, visit


Last updated 4/4/24

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