Local firm for Ardveenish Harbour build

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Following a competitive tendering process Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is pleased to announce that local firm Macinnes Brothers has been awarded the £1.5 million contract to construct a new harbour at Ardveenish, Isle of Barra.

This will create a sheltered, fit-for-purpose harbour at Ardveenish, a positive development to existing facilities and which complements recent private investment in the fishing fleet and processing sector.

Archie Campbell, Chair of the Sustainable Development Committee said: “This represents the latest investment in major harbour development to support the local fishing industry and secure local employment and fishing activity in a sector vital to Barra and the wider economy.”

The project involves creating a modified box harbour with berthing for up to seven over 10m vessels and a number of static gear vessels.

With current berthing alongside an exposed single quay face the new harbour will safeguard a vibrant local fleet essential to the long term future of fish processing and exporting from Barra.

The harbour construction is made possible through £1,250k funding from the Comhairle’s Capital Programme, £283k from the Coastal Communities Fund and £125k from Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

It is anticipated that construction work will start in September with completion by August 2014.

Joanna Peteranna, Senior Development Manager, Highlands and Islands Enterprise said: “HIE is pleased to be supporting the community in Barra in their efforts to regenerate the island.

“We are delighted to contribute to this project which creates a significant opportunity to increase economic activity in the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Barra.

“Sustaining fragile communities is a vital part of what HIE does and this project aims to create jobs and stimulate economic growth in one of the Highlands and Islands’ most fragile areas.”