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Skye Triangle ferry terminals to be expanded

Ferry in Uig Skye in summer 2012

Consultant Wallace Stone has won the contract for design development work in advance of the introduction of a new ferry on the ‘Skye Triangle’, Scotland in 2018.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) awarded the contract which includes design development at Tarbert ferry terminal, which is owned by CMAL, and Lochmaddy ferry terminal, which is owned by Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar.

Wallace Stone said that it would be tasked with identifying the required harbour improvements at Lochmaddy and Tarbert, and working with CMAL and Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar to agree preferred options to take to detailed design and construction.

Among the areas to be reviewed as part of the contract are mooring arrangements, fendering, linkspan, dredging, vehicle marshalling and access roads and footpaths. The consultant will also manage and supervise ground investigation and concrete testing works.

An agreement is in place between CMAL and Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar, which will see CMAL manage the development and delivery of required works at Lochmaddy on the local authority’s behalf.

Two 102m dual fuel ferries, which will be able to operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG), are currently being built by Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited (FMEL) in Port Glasgow on behalf of CMAL. CMAL said that one of the ferries had been earmarked for the ‘Skye Triangle’ route, although it said that the final decision on the route lay with the ferry operator, Calmac.

CMAL senior civil engineer Brian Sydney said: “The new dual-fuel ferries will require some infrastructure improvements at existing harbours. Initially, we will be investigating the full extent of the works required with a view to agreeing preferred options for the works. This will include consideration of how and when the works will be delivered in advance of the introduction of the new vessels.

“We are delighted to appoint Wallace Stone to carry out this work on behalf of CMAL and Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar.”

The dual fuel ferries, currently known as Hull 801 and Hull 802, will be able to carry 127 cars or 16 HGVs or a combination of both and up to 1,000 passengers. The ferries are being designed to provide a fully flexible year-round service for Arran and the Skye Triangle routes. The first ferry is expected to enter service in mid 2018, with the second vessel following shortly afterwards.

Wallace Stone’s work will begin in January 2017 and is anticipated to be completed in May 2017.

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