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CMAL awards contract to Wallace Stone

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Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) has announced that it has awarded a contract to Wallace Stone Consulting Engineers for design development work in preparation of the introduction of a new ferry on the Skye Triangle in 2018. Work is scheduled to commence in January 2017, and is expected to be completed by May 2017.

The work will include design development at the Tarbert ferry terminal and the Lochmaddy ferry terminal, which are owned by CMAL and Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar, respectively. CMAL will manage the development and delivery of required works at Lochmaddy on the local authority’s behalf.

Two dual-fuel vessels capable of operating on LNG are currently under construction by Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd (FMEL) in Port Glasgow, Scotland, on behalf of CMAL. One of them has been earmarked for the Skye Triangle route, although the final decision is yet to be made by the ferry operator, Calmac.

These vessels are 102 m long, and are capable of carrying 127 cars or 16 HGVs (or a combination of both) and up to 1000 passengers. They are currently known as Hull 801 and Hull 802, and are being designed to provide a fully flexible year-round service for the Arran and Skye Triangle routes. The first vessel is expected to commence service in mid-2018, with the second vessel to follow shortly afterwards.

Under the terms of the agreement, Wallace Stone will identify the required harbour improvements at Lochmaddy and Tarbert, and work with Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar to agree preferred options to take to detailed design and construction.

Under the contract, a number of areas will be reviewed, including: mooring arrangements; fendering; linkspan; dredging; vehicle marshalling; and access roads and footpaths. The ground investigation and concrete testing works will also be managed and supervised by the consultant.

Brian Sydney, Senior Civil Engineer at CMAL, said: “The new dual-fuel ferries will require some infrastructure improvements at existing harbours. Initially, we will be investigating the full extent of the works required with a view to agreeing preferred options for the works. This will include consideration of how and when the works will be delivered in advance of the introduction of the new vessels.

“We are delighted to appoint Wallace Stone to carry out this work on behalf of CMAL and Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar.”

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