Timber boats back at Ardrishaig Pier
Upgrade could see cruise ships berthing
Ardrishaig Pier is back in service after being repaired and upgraded following a partial collapse in May 2017.
The cargo vessel Ayress arrived at Ardrishaig pier around 10.30am on Friday October 19 on its way to Troon from Belfast.
The 1,713-tonne cargo vessel is the first to use Ardrishaig Pier since repairs were completed.
Initial repairs secured and reinforced the damaged section of the pier to allow it to open for restricted freight use. It has now been widened and lengthened and now offers potential for new leisure uses, with cruise vessels able to berth. Catherine Topley, chief executive of Scottish Canals, said: ‘We are delighted to see Ardrishaig Pier back in action, with MV Ayress arriving this morning to load timber.
The 200-year-old pier plays a vital role in the economy of the local area and is a key asset for timber hauliers in Argyll.
Around 30,000 tonnes of freight passed through the harbour each year before its closure, helping to reduce the volume of timber lorries on the roads.
‘The pier improvements safeguard one of the Crinan Canal’s most important structures and we hope to see new business and leisure customers attracted to the newly expanded pier, contributing further to the Argyll economy.’
The MV Ayress stopping at the newly re-opened Ardrishaig Pier.