Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) is leading plans to upgrade infrastructure at ferry terminals for the arrival of MV Isle of Islay and MV Loch Indaal, which are scheduled for delivery in late 2024 and early 2025. The upgrades at Kennacraig, Port Askaig and Colonsay include dredging, strengthening works, fendering, provision of a mooring aid and shore power facilities.
Works are planned to commence at Kennacraig later this year, with works at Port Askaig and Colonsay starting in Spring 2024. Ahead of the main works starting at Kennacraig, contractor George Leslie Ltd will establish a site compound and carry out some minor preparatory works starting on-site from Monday 13 November 2023.
The preparatory works will have minimal impact on the ferry terminal and scheduled ferry services will continue to operate. The main works have been planned in phases to allow ferry services to continue to operate. Initially, the south (linkspan) berth will be closed and the linkspan removed for the works to progress; the north (fixed ramp) berth will be improved ahead of this and will be available for the ferry service during this phase. During the second phase, works will swap to the north berth and the ferry service will operate solely from the south berth during this period until works are completed.
Throughout the works it is intended that Kennacraig shall remain open for scheduled ferry services, as one berth will always be available.
We aim to keep the public up-to-date and will publish further updates as work progresses.