Waiting is finally over
Terminal and ferry brings £70 million boost for Arran
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.
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.
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.
The new terminal nears completion in Brodick.