Wait­ing is fi­nally over

Ter­mi­nal and ferry brings £70 mil­lion boost for Ar­ran

The Arran Banner - - Front Page - Hugh Boag edi­tor@ar­ran­ban­ner.co.uk

Brod­ick’s new £22.2 mil­lion ferry ter­mi­nal will be open for busi­ness next month.

Mon­day Oc­to­ber 23 is the day the ter­mi­nal will be of­fi­cially opened by fi­nance sec­re­tary Derek McKay, who is ex­pected to ar­rive at the old pier from Ar­drossan and leave from the new pas­sen­ger ac­cess sys­tem (PAS) on the new pier at Brod­ick.

Owner Cale­do­nian Mar­itme As­sets Ltd (CMAL) has con­firmed that con­trac­tor Ge­orge Les­lie Ltd is head­ing to­wards com­ple­tion on site in the near fu­ture. The new ter­mi­nal build­ing is also near­ing com­ple­tion and CalMac will shortly com­mence an in­ter­nal fit out and com­mis­sion­ing. It has also to carry out es­sen­tial train­ing to en­sure the fa­cil­i­ties are ready for pub­lic use and no date has yet been set for any ‘soft’ open­ing.

Adelte has now also de­liv­ered the tun­nel sec­tions for the de­layed pas­sen­ger ac­cess sys­tem, as re­ported in last week’s Ban­ner, and it is cur­rently be­ing in­stalled and com­mis­sioned over the next five to six weeks. This is an in­te­gral part of the full ferry ter­mi­nal open­ing but is ex­tremely weather de­pen­dent.

Com­ple­tion be­fore the end of Oc­to­ber will mean it has taken 21 months since work first be­gan on the recla­ma­tion of the land for the new pier and ferry ter­mi­nal with the only sig­nif­i­cant de­lay be­ing the de­liv­ery of the PAS, which was built in Spain.

Mean­while, in a dou­ble boost for Ar­ran this week, CMAL also con­firmed the launch date for the new £48.5 mil­lion Ar­ran ferry the MV Glen San­nox Tues­day Novem­ber 21 - as pre­dicted in the Ban­ner last week.

Built

The ferry, cur­rently known as hull 801, is one of two cur­rently be­ing built at Ferguson Ma­rine En­gi­neer­ing Lim­ited’s (FMEL) ship­yard in Port Glas­gow.

The 102-me­tre ves­sel will be the first ‘dual fuel’ fer- ry on the Clyde and will be ca­pa­ble of op­er­at­ing on con­ven­tional ma­rine diesel or Liqui­fied Nat­u­ral Gas (LNG). She will have the ca­pacit for 127 cars and 1,000 pas­sen­gers, 700 of which should be com­fort­ably seated in­side.

Kevin Hobbs, chief ex­ec­u­tive at CMAL, said: ‘Progress con­tin­ues on the ves­sel at the ship­yard and over the com­ing weeks we will work with the team at FMEL to make plans for the ves­sel’s launch.’

It is not yet known who will launch the new ferry, but Scot­land’s first min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon is ex­pected to at­tend. Fur­ther de­tails are ex­pected in the com­ing weeks. The launch cer­e­mony is ex­pected to be open to the pub­lic.

Pub­lic vote

The name Glen San­nox, which was cho­sen in a pub­lic vote, has a long and distin­guished pedi­gree on the Ar­drossan to Brod­ick run.

Pre­vi­ous hold­ers of the name were a ma­jes­tic pad­dler from 1892, a 21knot tur­bine in 1925 and a much-loved car ferry from 1957.

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The new ter­mi­nal nears com­ple­tion in Brod­ick.

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