New Ulva Ferry pon­toons are now open for boats to berth

The Oban Times - - News -

An in­no­va­tive com­mu­nity project is now open for busi­ness af­ter the han­dover of pon­toons to Ulva Ferry Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion (USCA). The com­mu­nity pon­toons are the next devel­op­ment in Ulva Ferry’s plans to re­ju­ve­nate the ru­ral area on the isle of Mull. Mo­ray Finch, far right, of Mull and Iona Com­mu­nity Trust (MICT), said: ‘Af­ter a week of snag­ging, the pon­toon has been of­fi­cially handed over from con­trac­tors Gael Force En­gi­neer­ing to MICT for the com­mu­nity. ‘ The pon­toon is now open for busi­ness.’ Shortly af­ter its open­ing on Sun­day July 17, its first yacht, Eala Bhan from Ard­fern, sailed in from the Ross of Mull and berthed for two nights. The crew of five took ad­van­tage of the courtesy ser­vice from Bal­ly­gown Restau­rant. Lo­cal tour boat Lady Jane also used the pon­toon for the first time for its trips. The pon­toon team would like to thank the Ulva Ferry com­mu­nity for their help – and pa­tience – with the devel­op­ment of the pon­toon, not least the Leitch fam­ily, and lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses, while the con­struc­tion took place. Vis­i­tors are now wel­come – and prices and fa­cil­i­ties will be listed on the Face­book page and MICT web­site over the com­ing days.

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