Stornoway Port Authority are pleased to announce that a preferred bidder, BAM Nuttall Ltd, has been identified for the twelve million pound construction contract that will build the infrastructure required to accommodate the new Stornoway to Ullapool ferry.
BAM Nuttall Ltd’s Kilsyth office will resource and deliver the construction element of the project which will also involve a substantial amount of work for local sub-contractors.
£9million pounds have been secured from the Scottish Government through Transport Scotland. The Port Authority’s contribution amounts to just over £2m. The overall level of investment in the Stornoway to Ullapool route is estimated to be around £60M.
During the construction works in Stornoway it is planned that the Isle of Lewis will operate from Pier No. 1 from early April, allowing the contractors greater access to work on Pier No. 3
The Loch Seaforth’s hull is being launched on 14th March and due to be delivered in July prior to taking up the route in August. The Isle of Lewis will be retained by CalMac until such time as the new vessel is bedded in and running a reliable service. Thereafter it is planned that the new vessel will run 24 hours a day covering both current passenger and freight runs.
Speaking for the Port Authority, Chief Executive Jane Maciver said: “We are very pleased to have reached this stage of the project. If everything continues to go smoothly we hope to be in a position to formally award the contract at the end of this month. With a very tight timescale we expect a start on site as soon as contract is awarded.
“The works required over the next eight months will cause inevitable delays and disruptions to normal routines and for that we apologise in advance. If you require any further information, or have issues at any time during the works please do not hesitate to get in touch through the harbour office.”