Stornoway Harbour design contract tendered
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August 13 2018
Stormoway Port Authority is inviting bids for the design of a new deep-water port in Stornoway as part of a 20-year masterplan for the Isle of Lewis.
New infrastructure is required to accommodate the burgeoning cruise ship businesses by providing the scale of berths necessary to accommodate the giant vessels of up to 350m in length. At present vessels of 156m and above must be turned away owing to a lack of capacity.
Once built the new terminal could bring up to 40 additional vessels each year to the Western Isles, as well as facilitate an expansion of renewable energy industry on the islands as well as additional industrial, storage and decommissioning facilities.
Stornoway Port Authority Chief Executive Alex Macleod said: “The tendering of the design contract marks a significant date for the Port Authority and the Hebrides.
“Whilst the work on the design continues, we will work with a number of agencies, including the Scottish Government, to investigate and source innovative ways to fund the project.”
The first phase design is due to be completed by May next year, enabling construction to begin by the end of next year for completion by June 2021.
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