Take a look at this time-lapse video of the major works taking place at Ullapool Habour.
The works, which are now complete, were a vital element of the overall project to enhance the ferry service between Stornoway and Ullapool.
Ullapool Harbour Trust (UHT), funded by Transport Scotland, undertook major upgrades to the pier and ferry infrastructure.
The project consisted of different components, including pier extension by 36m, a new terminal building, a replacement passenger access system and a replacement linkspan all completed in the last 18 months. The project began onsite in November 2013 with RJ McLeod as the appointed civils contractor, McGregor Construction for the terminal building, Adelte for the PAS and Cargotec for the linkspan.
The works were identified as part of the STAG appraisal undertaken by UHT for the new Vessel MV LOCH SEAFORTH. UHT has been supported by technical advisors CMAL and Project Managers/Engineering consultants; Wallace Stone and RHDHV.
The caisson was part of the pier extension contract and was designed by Wallace Stone for contractors RJM to construct and install. RJM built the 4,000ft, floating concrete structure in Inchgreen drydock, Greenock, over the period of 4.5 months. The Caisson was then towed 265 nautical miles to Ullapool Harbour. Holyhead Towing set sail on the 15th May 2014 and arrived in Ullapool on the 18th May 2014 were the structure was berthed for four weeks for final fit out. The caisson was installed in June after the Saturday evening ferry departure and successfully received the Isle of Lewis on the Sunday afternoon.
All of the above works were completed without a single cancellation to the lifeline ferry service, albeit for four weeks no vehicles were able to travel the route whilst the new linkspan was installed.
The key dates for the project are below:
• PAS installation completed 19th September
• Pier contract completed 25th September
• Linkspan Civils Completion and installation 18th May 2015
CMAL’s role has been to assist UHT, providing technical assistance gained from experience of our own ports and collaborating with the ferry operator, engineering consultant, contractors and suppliers to achieve the outcomes of the project. The project will provide UHT with a modern ferry infrastructure to meet the growing demands on the ferry service. We hope the project can also provide benefit to the local community and wider community on the Western Isles helping to safeguard the ferry service for years to come giving an enhanced passenger experience.