Tim­ber boats back at Ar­dr­ishaig Pier

Up­grade could see cruise ships berthing

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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