Plans for the extension of the yard at Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company in Port Bannatyne have been approved by Argyll and Bute Council.
The authority’s planning, protective services and licensing committee granted permission for the erection of an additional boatshed and the extension of both the northern and southern boundaries of the yard to provide extra boat storage space and car parking, subject to a number of conditions.
In its submission to the council, the company states that the new boatshed could allow a doubling of the existing workforce at the yard, which currently employs 25-26 people during the peak winter season.
The proposed new boatshed will be 20-24 metres high and located to the north of the existing shed, while the northern boundary of the yard is to be extended by 50 metres and the southern boundary by 96 metres.
In addition to the company’s work overhauling the smaller vessels in Caledonian MacBrayne’s fleet of ferries, workers at Ardmaleish have also built six new ships in the last 12 years - two fish farm support vessels, two trawlers, a replica puffer and a landing craft, the last two for Sir Robert Smith, the owner of Inchmarnock island off Bute’s west coast.