Proposals for harbour construction work at Tarbert, Lochmaddy and Uig, Skye, have
been shared with local communities in a series of public exhibitions.
A new 102-metre LNG ferry is being introduced on the Skye triangle route next autumn..
Around 100 people attended the consultation events organised by Caledonian Maritime
Assets Limited which provided updates on the proposed improvement works.
Display boards from the exhibition are available to view in ticket offices at each
port this week.
The vessel replaces the MV Hebrides in 12 months.
Next summer is pencilled-in for the handover of the £49 million ferry. Some weeks
will be spent for crew training and to undertake familiarisation with the vessel
before she enters commercial service.
The ship will be longer, wider, heavier and have greater draught than the present
Lorna Spencer, director of harbours at CMAL said: “The public exhibitions attracted
a good turnout and the format of the event seemed to work well, allowing people to
drop-in when convenient. We will take on board the feedback we have received and
use it to inform the ongoing planning process.
“No final decisions have been made on what work will be carried out. In addition,
the proposals are subject to funding availability.
“Our website will be updated with future developments and it is likely we will hold
further public events in future as the project develops.”