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New ferry and work to Stornoway Pier on track

Main picture: The area of land that was reclaimed from the sea at Pier No. 3.  Below: Work is also progressing well on the MV Loch Seaforth

Main picture: The area of land that was reclaimed from the sea at Pier No. 3. Below: Work is also progressing well on the MV Loch Seaforth

Work to the MV Loch Seaforth, the new Stornoway/ Ullapool ferry, and Pier No. 3 in Stornoway is progressing according to schedule.

The new £42 million ferry is currently in Flensburg, Germany, where the outfitting and commissioning works are continuing.

The auxiliary engines have been tested at full load and other systems are also under test.

The vessel is still on track to arrive in Scotland later this summer and enter service in September.

Meanwhile work to Pier No. 3 in Stornoway is also progressing well according to a recent Stornoway Port Authority report.

Reclamation works are ahead of schedule. So far the infill and rock armour has been completed and the contractors are resurfacing the area.

The contractors have also started the rock anchor work and plan to recommence piling during a four week interval when there will be no alongside cruise ships.

The new fenders are also on track.

The current Stornoway/ Ullapool ferry, MV Isle of Lewis, has been operating out of Pier No. 1 for several months now.

According to the Port Authority update the transition has been effective and appears to be working well - however there has been several ‘minor incidents’ with vehicles getting stuck due to ferry ramp angles at extreme tides.

Overall the ferry infrastructure project remains on track and on budget the report concludes.

 

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