Attention users of Port Ellen Harbour and Marina

We wish to inform you that a series of marine ground investigation works will commence at Port Ellen starting from Monday 28th August 2023. For detailed information, please consult the Notice to Mariners (NTM). It is of utmost importance to exercise heightened caution when navigating in the proximity of the port during this period.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) is leading the development project to deliver upgraded berth infrastructure and terminal improvements to accommodate the two ferries being built for Islay, which the public has voted to be named MV Isle of Islay and MV Loch Indaal.

The ground investigation works will determine the ground condition across the site and will be used to inform the final design and details of the port infrastructure upgrades. Most of the work will be undertaken from a “jack-up” barge positioned at various locations in Kilnaughton Bay and Loch Leodamais.

The investigation work will run for approximately twelve weeks; however, this is subject to progress and weather conditions.

Due to the nature of the works, the regular ferry service to Port Ellen will be diverted to Port Askaig between 11th September and 17th November, during which time CalMac Ferries will operate all scheduled sailings from Port Askaig

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