A major £4m investment has further upgraded the terminal infrastructure at Hunter’s Quay, Dunoon in a project carried out for Western Ferries (Clyde) Ltd, which operates the commercial vehicle and passenger ferry service between Gourock and Dunoon.
The works included the delivery and installation of a new 30m long linkspan to replace the existing structure, as well as enhancements to the berthing facilities and the shore side infrastructure.
Ipswich based Red7Marine was appointed to deliver the shore side infrastructure improvement works and enhancements to the berthing facilities, following success in a competitive tender process.
Western Ferries chose to work with Red7Marine on the project due to their proven track record of successfully delivering high profile marine construction projects throughout the UK.
With an in-house engineering and consultancy team, Red7Marine is able to support clients throughout the project development phase, as well as delivering on-site activity.
Arch Henderson was appointed as consultant engineers to design and oversee delivery, whilst Ferguson’s Shipyard in Port Glasgow fabricated and installed the new linkspan. Both appointments reunited the team that successfully delivered upgrade works to Western Ferries’ terminal at McInroy’s Point in 2017 with George Leslie Ltd then acting as principal contractor.
Similar to the works carried out in 2017 at McInroy’s Point, this latest programme of investment maintains and improves on the operational flexibility of Western Ferries’ services, for the benefit of the 1.3 million passengers who use the service each year.
Completing soon, the upgraded berthing facilities will be better equipped to accommodate tidal variations and changeable weather conditions, leading to enhanced reliability and overall service resilience
Gordon Ross, Managing Director of Western Ferries (Clyde) Ltd said: “This is an exciting time. Western Ferries operates more than 32,000 sailings and carries 650,000 vehicles every year.
“In order to provide the most frequent and reliable service possible for the Cowal and Inverclyde communities, we are fully committed to ensuring that our infrastructure is robust and that our investment programme continues to benefit the thousands of passengers who use and rely on our services for work and leisure.”
Kristen Branford, Managing Director of Red7Marine, said: “We have an excellent track record for delivery and enjoyed working with Western Ferries to deliver this latest phase of enhancements.”
The works were planned to ensure minimal disruption to services throughout the construction period.
Western Ferries is a privately owned company which has operated the short 20 minute ferry crossing between Hunter’s Quay (Dunoon) and McInroy’s Point (Gourock) across the Firth of Clyde since 1973. This route links the central belt of Scotland with the Cowal peninsula and beyond.
The company operates a fleet of 4 modern roll-on roll-off passenger and vehicle ferries which provide a regular and frequent service, delivering nearly 32,000 sailings, early morning to late at night, over 365 days a year.