A 20 year vision has been devised to dramatically improve Stornoway’s economic future
by radical harbour developments.
Building a £50 million new deep water port south of the River Creed is the most ambitious
project and includes a back-up ferry pier, berth for bigger cruise ships, and an
industrial base for oil, gas and marine renewables.
This would provide space for any future relocation of the oil terminal and storage
tanks out of town, permit bulk cargo handling, storage and warehousing though it
requires rerouting or straightening part of the Arnish road.
Plans for deep water port and castle bridge highlighted in Stornoway harbour redevelopment
24 May 2017
Installing a new marina for 72 yachts at Newton and redeveloping the Goat Island
boatyard may cost £10 million.
The 80 berths in the inner harbour are already bursting to the seams during the summer.
Suggestions for a third marina - in Sandwick Bay - are ditched.
Creating a lagoon between Cromwell Street quay and the YM bridge with a tidal sill
bridge would give a shorter route to the Lews Castle plus offer a good sheltered
environment for youth activities like dinghy training and canoeing.
A stretch of the harbour from the car sales garage to the present YM bridge would
be partially filled in.
Stornoway Port Authority boss Alex MacLeod said: “We are now entering an exciting
era for the port authority, where the projects within the port masterplan could have
a transformational effect on the port and the island economy.”
Essentially, the port seeks to update mainly 100-year-old infrastructure and accommodate
modern ships and industries.
The harbour board said it is driving forward with the preparation of a business plan
for all of the developments in addition to investigation and designs for the Goat