Cmal completes Tiree Pierhead works

11 May 2021

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) has completed final snagging works at Tiree Ferry Terminal following completion of pierhead repairs in December last year.

Engineers were on site from 22 March to carry out the routine work, which involved levelling of fender piles, resetting bollards, repairing gaps on the solid pier structure and tightening and finishing pile fenders’ bolts and chain, which protect the pier from the impact of vessels.

Tiree pierhead construction work complete

18 December 2020

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) has completed planned works at Tiree Ferry Terminal to repair the old pierhead.

The completion of this project allows the old pierhead to return to operational use for third party vessels and has also delivered robust repairs to a number of areas on the main pier.

Work at the site restarted in June 2020 following disruption and subsequent delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A small team of construction workers from contractor George Leslie Ltd resumed work on the old pierhead following the six-step restart plan developed by the Scottish Government and the construction industry.

Tiree pierhead construction work to restart

10 June 2020

Preparations to resume repair work at Tiree Ferry Terminal are set to begin during week commencing Monday 15 June 2020.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL), which owns the ferry terminal, is repairing the old pierhead.  Work was postponed when the coronavirus lockdown came into force on 23 March.

CMAL’s contractor, George Leslie Ltd, will have a small team on site from w/c 15 June to prepare for the project to restart.  Site preparation works are expected to last for two weeks.

CMAL is following the guidance in the six-step restart plan agreed by the Scottish Government and the construction industry to recommence work as part of Scotland’s lockdown being eased.

The first two steps of the construction plan involve arranging Covid-19 related measures that need to be in place and returning to sites with a small number of personnel to prepare.

Site preparation works involve implementing physical distancing, marking of two metre distancing and installation of additional hand washing/sanitiser provisions.  These preparations will allow the sites and work areas to be ready for the subsequent steps of returning to work.

Working closely with CMAL, George Leslie Ltd has put in place robust plans to ensure the safety of the island community and their staff.  A small number of personnel will stay in self-catering accommodation and their interactions with the local community will be minimal by avoiding other public places, arranging grocery deliveries to site, engaging with Calmac terminal staff through email and telephone only and following the appropriate guidance in the event that anyone becomes unwell during the works.

The move to the next step of the construction re-start plan, a “soft start” with limited personnel on site, is still subject to Scottish Government confirmation. CMAL will provide an update in due course.

Work underway to return pierhead

27 September 2019

Work to return the old pierhead to operational use is well underway at Tiree. Repairs to cracks on the pier approach have commenced, and will be completed ahead of the coming winter months.

Our contractor, George Leslie Ltd has also removed the old pierhead timber fenders from the front of the pier, and cleaned barnacles, mussels and other marine growth from the steel supporting piles. Cleaning has exposed significantly more defects than originally estimated, however, repairs to these piles are now underway.  With the increased volume of repair work needed, the project is likely to take longer than planned.  An updated timeline will be published in due course.

CalMac will continue to operate ferry services to timetable during these works.

Public meeting documents

17 May 2019

Following our public meeting on Wednesday 15 May, you can read our public engagement documentation here:

Public meeting

12 May 2019

On Wednesday 15 May, we will be hosting a drop-in session at Tiree Ferry Terminal to update communities on the plans for work at Tiree pier.