Wemyss Bay work ‘still on course’ despite wind delays

Work in progress on the south face of Wemyss Bay pier. (Image courtesy of CMAL)
Work in progress on the south face of Wemyss Bay pier. (Image courtesy of CMAL)

Major repairs to Wemyss Bay ferry terminal are still on course to be finished on time in March - despite the first weather-enforced delays to the project.

Strong winds in the course of the last month have limited the amount of work which can be carried out by two cranes situated on the pier, which is closed for 24 weeks to allow the £6 million refurbishment of the facility.

Civil engineer Brian Sydney, project manager for the terminal’s owners, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL), said: “The contractor has changed the sequence of some elements of the construction, because there’s very little you can do with two cranes when the wind is as strong as it has been.

“They’re now doing some aspects of the work in parallel with others to mitigate that impact, but we still have an end date of March 18.”

Work was originally planned to take place only on weekdays, but the contractor plans to be on site this Saturday and Sunday, December 12 and 13, to further mitigate the effect of the weather.

The next phase of the project will see work start on the installation of new ‘bearing piles’ around the edge of the pier ahead of the fitting of new fenders - the ‘cushions’ which protect the pier from the ferries and vice-versa.