The extensive upgrade of Kennacraig’s berth facilities are well underway, with construction progressing smoothly and on schedule.

The first phase in construction of the port upgrades that is owned by CMAL (Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited), focuses on enhancing the main berth facilities to accommodate the arrival of MV Isle of Islay and MV Loch Indaal.

These works include dredging and the installation of new combi-piled walls, aimed at widening and deepening the berth pockets and approach at Kennacraig South Berth which is anticipated to conclude later this year.

Tony Fry, Construction Director of George Leslie, said: “We are pleased with the significant strides made at Kennacraig. The quay wall piling process is underway, with drilling operations progressing on programme despite challenging conditions. As part of this phase, our attention will also be on upgrading or replacing quay fenders and mooring systems on the south berth, alongside implementing necessary electrical enhancements to support future shore power charging capabilities”.

Tony added, “We are also pleased to have the works on the other two sites within this project commencing as programmed. At Port Askaig on Islay, the final preparation works for the drilling are underway and at Colonsay the dredging equipment has been mobilised to site.”

Ramsay Muirhead, Director of Port Infrastructure at CMAL said: “Work is progressing well at Kennacraig. Port enabling works are a key part of the project in bringing two new vessels to the Islay community, and we look forward to celebrating their arrival with the community later this year.”

The ongoing infrastructure works at Kennacraig underscore CMAL’s commitment to provide effective port infrastructure for operators, communities, and users in and around Scotland.