Over £55 million will be invested in building new harbour infrastructure for the
arrival of the new ferry for Lochmaddy and Tarbert.
She is due operate a similar timetable as present when she replaces the MV Hebrides
on the Skye triangle route between North Uist, Harris and Uig.
With a bigger mass the more powerful ferry would put extra strain on the aging piers
during berthing - particularly in bad weather - so each harbour is being upgraded.
At each location, the seabed will be dredged to allow more room under the hull while
part of the shore will be filled in and tarred to create bigger waiting and marshalling
areas for vehicles.
All piers are being rebuilt, lengthened and strengthened to cope with the larger
The 102-metre long “green” dual fuel ship is designed to carry up to 650 passengers
inside. There is also outside seating.
Her car deck will be about 25% bigger than the Hebrides allowing her to load 127
cars or 16 lorries, or a combination of both.
She will use the cleaner liquefied natural gas (LNG) though her engines can also
operate on marine diesel.
Scottish Government agency Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (Cmal) will lease the
ferry to Cal Mac.
£13.69 million would be invested in upgrades at Tarbert for pier reconstruction and
extension, new fenders, seabed dredging to improve vessel access, land reclamation
to increase the marshalling and parking areas, alterations to the terminal building
facilities, new passenger access gangway and improvements to electricity and water
Lochmaddy upgrades proposed by owners Comhairle nan Eilean Siar would cost around
£15.3 million. This includes pier upgrade and extension, new fenders, seabed dredging
to improve vessel access and land reclamation to increase the marshalling area and
parking capacity, new passenger access gangway and improvements to electricity and
Highland Council which owns Uig harbour is to widen the existing pier, construct
a wave screen and reposition the outer dolphin. Dredging would take place and a new
linkspan installed. The shore in front of the existing ticket office would be filled
to provide a bigger marshalling area plus new terminal facilities. Current total
estimated cost: £26.5 million.