Linkspan removed in Wemyss Bay pier repairs

Brian Sydney (right) from CMAL updates Bute residents on the progress of the major repairs to Wemyss Bay's ferry terminal.
Brian Sydney (right) from CMAL updates Bute residents on the progress of the major repairs to Wemyss Bay's ferry terminal.

The first big operation in the major repair of Wemyss Bay pier has been completed without a hitch.

The vehicle linkspan at the mainland terminal was removed on Monday, October 12, and arrived at the Inchgreen dry-dock facility in Port Glasgow for repair the following day.

New secondary steelwork for the linkspan is being manufactured by Ferguson Marine Engineering of Port Glasgow.

Speaking at the first in a series of drop-in sessions to update island residents on the progress of the Wemyss Bay work, Brian Sydney from the terminal’s opwners, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL), said: “That was the first major activity in the project and we got fantastic weather for it.

“The original intention was to lift the linkspan out with a crane barge, but the contractor suggested a different way, and floated in a barge underneath the linkspan to carry it out.

“The main linkspan steelwork is actually in remarkably good condition, but the secondary steelwork supporting the deck is pretty shot in a lot of places - that’s the reason for the 44-tonne load restriction which was in place on the linkspan, and the repairs should put its working load back up to 120 tonnes.”

The next phase of work at the terminal will see the demolition of the 1970s concrete roundhead at the end of the pier and the slicing of 900 millimetres off the south face of the pier itself.

CMAL’s next progress report will be given at a further drop-in event, at the Green Tree room in the Moat community centre in Stuart Street, on Thursday, October 29 from 6-8.30pm.