Lochmaddy Pier Improvement Project

NV802 (Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd)

Notices to mariners


Latitude: 57° 35.795’ North (WGS-84 datum)
Longitude: 007° 09.461’ West (WGS-84 datum)

Lochmaddy Pier Ref 092022 (21 April 2022)

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Following the announcement in 2015 of the decision to replace the MV Hebrides, the Comhairle, as the harbour authority for Lochmaddy Pier, have been working with Transport Scotland, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL), CalMac Ferries Ltd and The Highland Council in the identification and delivery of infrastructure improvements required at the port and at Tarbert (Harris) and Uig (Skye). 

Details of the wider infrastructure programme and the associated project development and delivery activity for the three locations are available from the CMAL website using the link: CMAL Skye Triangle Infrastructure Programme (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

The scope of infrastructure improvements required at Lochmaddy are:

  • Dredging of the seabed and disposal of dredge arisings
  • Extension of the existing marshalling area using land-won and imported material including paving, lighting, road-markings and other ancillary works
  • Extension of existing car-parking area, including earthworks and paving
  • Repair and strengthening works to existing pier, including steelwork and reinforced concrete
  • Construction of a concrete caisson off site, transportation of the caisson to site and placement to form an extension to the existing pier, including infill, in situ reinforced concrete works and associated fixtures and fittings
  • Design and provision of new pier fendering system, supported by piling, steelwork and reinforced concrete
  • Design and provision of cathodic protection system to steelwork and provision of cathodic protection to concrete structures
  • Provision of upgraded electrical and water services to support ferry operations including new substation and water break tank

Relative to the original delivery programme, the completion of the project was delayed due, firstly, to the suspension of construction activity as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown in Spring and early Summer 2020 and, secondly, the subsequent termination of the construction contract with L&M Keating Ltd.

Interim safety and security works and the delivery of a further enabling works package were undertaken by local contractor Macaulay Askernish Ltd in collaboration with Scottish Water and Scottish & Southern Energy.

Following a further procurement exercise, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar awarded a £15.3m contract to civil engineering contractor George Leslie Ltd to complete all civil engineering works for the harbour upgrade project, including the extension and strengthening of the pier, upgraded fendering, seabed dredging land reclamation and extended marshalling and parking areas.

In parallel to this, the manufacture of the permanent fender assemblies in China continued through contract step-in arrangements with Trelleborg AB.  Components are being provided free-issue to George Leslie Ltd for installation during the course of the main works.  The delivery to site of the assemblies and components is scheduled for delivery to site by mid-August 2022.

Construction works started in March 2022 and are due for completion in spring 2023.  CalMac will continue to operate ferry services from the port during this period.

Project Progress Photographs

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