Wemyss Bay repairs ‘still on schedule’

Wemyss Bay pier has been closed since October 1 for major repairs; the terminal is due to reopen on Friday, March 18.
Wemyss Bay pier has been closed since October 1 for major repairs; the terminal is due to reopen on Friday, March 18.

Repairs to the ferry terminal at Wemyss Bay remain on course to be completed a week before Easter, the facility’s owners have said.

The latest progress update from Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) states that assembly of a new fendering system - the ‘cushions’ which protect the ferry from the pier and vice-versa - will begin at the Inchgreen repair facility in Greenock this week.

The first of two deliveries of the fendering components arrived in Scotland on December 31, having been manufactured in China by a Dutch firm; the second shipment left China on January 6 and is due to arrive in the UK on February 7.

Other works planned for January and early February include the installation of pre-cast concrete units for the new roundhead at the west end of the pier, completion of ‘pile driving’ for the new fendering system along the south edge of the pier, and manufacture of components to protect both the pier and the fendering steelwork from corrosion.

The work remains on course for completion by the scheduled date of Friday, March 18; CMAL’s next Rothesay drop-in event to bring islanders the very latest news on the work is due to take place at the Moat Centre’s Green Tree Room on Thursday, January 21 from 6pm.