Ferry berthing infrastructure at Kyleakin harbour is set to be demolished later this year by Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL).
Two berthing dolphins, which were part of the infrastructure used to support the CalMac ferry service from Kyle of Lochalsh to Kyleakin, haven’t been used since the ferry service stopped when the Skye Bridge opened in 1995.
The infrastructure was identified for disposal several years ago and CMAL, which owns the structures, has published a tender to appoint an engineering contractor to carry out the demolition.
The demolition project will involve removal of the two structures, cutting and removal of piles to two metres below the seabed, reinstatement of the seabed and demolition of shoreside anchor points. All materials will be disposed responsibly.
CMAL plans to appoint a contractor in April, with works taking place in May and June.
Brian Sydney, senior civil engineer at CMAL said:
“We have considered various options for the infrastructure, including sale and refurbishment. It’s no longer needed for its original purpose and our engineering surveys have shown the structures to be in poor condition, so the best course of action is to remove them. We know the local community has voiced some concerns about their condition, so hopefully they will welcome this decision.
“Our plans are on schedule to have them removed before the peak summer months and we are pressing ahead with that timeline, although with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it is subject to change.
“We will be engaging with the local community about the proposed works once a contractor has been appointed to ensure they are aware of timings and construction activity in the area.”