Kennacraig Ferry Terminal

Complex marine works improve ‘lifeline ferry services’

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Project Overview

Client Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd
Project Value £4.2m
Expertise Civil Engineering
Sector Maritime
Timeline December 2010 - August 2011
Location Scotland
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Project summary

Notable for overcoming the significant challenges presented by the worst winter weather on record in the remote Kintyre peninsula, we completed the £4.2m extension of Kennacraig’s existing ferry terminal to accommodate the introduction of the MV Finlaggan – a drive-through vehicle and passenger ferry.

Ensuring no disruption to the port’s busy operations, we implemented a range of value and risk engineering solutions, including the construction of a stone filled temporary dolphin, which significantly improved the efficiency of construction for programme surety while reducing health and safety challenges.

The detail

Recognised by appointed Engineer Halcrow Group Limited for being “proactive and professional”, we delivered the Kennacraig Ferry Terminal extension on time and with no delays to the arrival of the new MV Finlaggan service.

Features of our programme, which included 24/7 working to recoup minor delays resulting from the worst ravages of the winter weather, included a new large open piled berthing dolphin, rock dredging, repairs to existing sheet pile walls, replacement of fuel lines and water supply facilities and the reprofiling of existing concrete ramps.

Our alternative design development, and construction sequence, were notable for the benefits deriving from their greater degree of flexibility. For example, the completion of Section A works prior to the arrival of the MV Finlaggan provided improved certainty in achieving programme completion. The construction of a temporary sheet piled dolphin off the line of the ferry berth, creating a safe zone between our works and the ferries, was an additional innovative method implemented.

Project Gallery

"Through the tender process and the site works, GRAHAM’s staff were proactive and professional. Their partnering approach was a key ingredient of the successful completion of the works, particularly the extension of the pier whilst still in use by ferries. GRAHAM were safety conscious and environmentally aware, both of which were important for the live works at this remote rural location."

Mathew Ross, Director of Building and Infrastructure, Halcrow Group