On Monday 29th Oct Community Council, and Tiree Transport Forum, met Kevin Hobbs, CEO, Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL), and Richie Morgan CMAL’s Health, Safety and Environmental Manager.
We had a very constructive meeting addressing many ferry issues,including an over view of CMAL’s role in ferry and port facility provision.
The main discussion concentrated on Tiree’s linkspan replacement. Kevin Hobbs has requested we publish this statement:-
“We are planning a project to replace the linkspans at Tiree and Coll Ferry Terminals. Funding is in place and our engineering team are finalising tender evaluations for the works, with a view to appointing a contractor in the near future. It is our intention to issue a formal update once a contractor is appointed and to consult with the communities in Tiree & Coll at meetings in December 2018, which we are in the process of arranging.
At the meetings CMAL & CalMac will discuss the timing of the construction project, the details of the replacement process and the alternative ferry services to be in place during the works.
While the programme has not been finalised, we anticipate that removal of the existing linkspan at Tiree and installation of a newly fabricated replacement will take place in spring 2020, and that the project will take around three to four weeks to complete. If we can reduce that timescale, we will, but it will depend upon various factors, such as prevailing weather and repair works that may need to be undertaken once the existing linkspan is removed.
We know that timing is critical to minimise disruption to the island and its connectivity. CMAL and CalMac are working together to ensure that the alternative ferry services can be maintained throughout the construction period.”