Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) is encouraging the local community to share their views on proposals for upgrading berth infrastructure as part of the preparations for the new Islay vessels.
Proposals for upgrades at Port Ellen, Port Askaig, Kennacraig and Colonsay have been shared following a series of community engagement meetings held in August on Jura, Islay, Tarbert and Colonsay.
CMAL owns the ferries which operate the Kennacraig – Islay and Colonsay routes, and have ordered two new vessels which will be brought into service from late 2024. These vessels will bring an increase in vehicle and freight capacity to the Islay routes, a reduction in emissions and will improve the resilience of the wider fleet.
The new vessels will be longer with deeper draught and higher displacement than the current vessels in the route, and so enabling works are required to prepare for the arrival of the vessels.
CMAL is seeking community feedback through a survey, which can be found along with the proposals and further information on the port enabling works on CMALs website: https://www.cmassets.co.uk/project/islay/
The survey will be open until 5pm, Friday 30th September.