Situated 30 miles off the North West coast of Scotland, Stornoway Port is the main seaport of the Hebridean Island chain and provides a vital link to mainland Britain.
Stornoway Port is the main entry and exit point for all goods imported and exported from the island and accommodates more than 1000 vessel movements each year.
At present, a scheme designed to improve facilities at Stornoway Port through the implementation of new ferry infrastructure is currently underway and will see the reclamation of an additional marshalling area installed at the port along with the installation of a new passenger access system. Additional work includes the creation of a new ferry car park, along with the re-fendering of the ferry pier and a number of ancillary works.
The Stornoway Ferry Infrastructure project is being carried out by leading civil engineering specialist BAM Nuttal, with URS providing the design work on the scheme. Procurement and design began on the project in 2013, with work beginning on the scheme in February 2014.
The project is currently scheduled to reach completion in November 2014. The work remains on track, despite 2014 proving to be a popular season for the port.
Speaking to Premier Construction, Chief Executive of the Stornoway Port Authority, Jane Maciver, said:
“The work has taken place during a record-breaking cruise season, so having to accommodate cruise vessels berthing and passengers embarking and disembarking through the construction site has provided a challenge.”
“So far we have created the new car park; we have moved the ferry operation to an alternative pier; carried out reclamation works; carried out surfacing works; commenced piling works for new fenders along with anchor works; commenced infill works for the gap between the pier and dolphin; installed a new weighbridge and commenced PAS design.”
Moving forward, works include the completion of slabbing for HGV drop trailers, the completion of piling, the PAS installation and the completion of ancillary works which includes road works.
Discussing the importance of the project, Jane said:
“This work is critical – it is crucial for our lifeline service so implementing these works means a great deal to the island community. Once complete the project will provide a new, more reliable, more comfortable ferry which will be able to berth safely in Stornoway.”
For more information about Stornoway Port, please visit: www.stornowayportauthority.com.