CMAL 2017 Quarterly eNewsletter
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With the first quarter of the year just about over, 2017 has so far shaped up to be a busy year for us.
We have recently awarded a contract to reconstruct the slipways at Colintraive and Rhubodach as part of our ongoing harbour maintenance and upgrade programme.  The work will lead to a £6 million investment in harbours, providing a more resilient and flexible ferry service for local communities. 

Communities in Arran will also welcome an improved ferry travel experience as Brodick Ferry Terminal is on track for completion this summer, despite a number of challenges over the course of 2016 with poor weather conditions.  The £30 million investment will bring a number of new facilities to the harbour, including a new pier, an increased marshalling area and a modern terminal building, with bus stances and parking.
On the vessels side of things, work continues on construction of the two new dual fuel ferries, with the first vessel, Hull 801 approaching 75 per cent steelwork fabrication.  This is a hugely complex, technical project, the first of its kind in Scotland and indeed the UK, and it underlines our commitment to innovation and sustainability in marine transport.
Underlining our commitment to the communities where we operate, we have recently published our second Gaelic Language Plan to build on the work we have already completed in this area.
If you would like to know more about our current project or any aspect of our work, please get in touch with us – we welcome your comments and feedback.

Kevin Hobbs
Project update on two new dual-fuel ferries
The construction of the two dual-fuel ferries is approaching a new project milestone as the first vessel, currently known as Hull 801, nears the 75 per cent steelwork fabrication stage. The second vessel, Hull 802 is following closely behind, currently at 60 per cent steelwork fabrication.
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Contractor appointed for slipways at Colintraive and Rhubodach
We have awarded a contract to Raynesway Ltd to reconstruct the slipways at the harbours at Colintraive and Rhubodach.  A larger vehicle queuing area will also be created at Colintraive as part of a £6 million harbour investment programme. The work will commence in April 2017 and is programmed to be completed by summer 2018.
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Engineers appointed to progress harbour development for new ferry
We have awarded a contract to Wallace Stone Consulting Engineers for design development work at Tarbert & Lochmaddy harbours, in advance of the introduction of one of the two 102 metre dual fuel ferries on the ‘Skye Triangle’ route.
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Two new appointments strengthen the team
We welcome Richie Morgan, Health, Safety and Environmental Manager and George MacRae, Mechanical and Electrical Engineer to CMAL. Both Richie and George are based at our head office in Port Glasgow.
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Port Ellen re-opens with new linkspan
Port Ellen Ferry Terminal reopened in November 2016 following a short shut-down period to install a new linkspan. Installation of the new linkspan is part of our ongoing programme of harbour maintenance and upgrade work to ensure our harbours offer a safe and reliable ferry service.
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New contractor appointed to maintain aids to navigation system
We have awarded a contract for the inspection, servicing, repair and supply of our Aid to Navigation systems to Gareloch Support Services (GSS) Ltd.
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Brodick Ferry Terminal redevelopment continues to progress well
Brodick Ferry Terminal is nearing the final phases of its redevelopment and the project is on track for completion this summer, despite some challenging weather conditions.

The majority of the marine piles have been completed, allowing the floating barge and 180 tonne crane to depart from the harbour.  Work to increase the marshalling area, construct the new terminal building, carpark and drop off area is progressing well.
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A new waiting room with views across the Sound of Mull
The construction of the new waiting room at Fishnish on the Isle of Mull is complete. The new waiting room offers views over the Sound of Mull, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities. The building has been completed in a new wood cladding style, which will be rolled out elsewhere round the network during future refurbishments. 
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Find out about the planned civil maintenance projects 2016/17
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