Uig Harbour redevelopment

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) are constructing a new 102 metre dual fuel vessel to serve the Skye Triangle route. As as result, we are considering to what infrastructure improvements may be needed at the 3 ports which serve the Skye Triangle route to optimise operations.

The ferry has been designed to operate from the existing 3 ports:

  • Uig (owned by us)
  • Lochmaddy (owned by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar)
  • Tarbert (Harris) (owned by CMAL)

A series of public meetings to update the communities on the design and build of the new dual fuel vessel and to discuss harbour infrastructure have taken place over the last 2 years:

  • Public meeting April 2017 
  • Pre-application consultation meetings September 2017, February 2018 and September 2018 - providing information on the proposals for all 3 harbours. Information was displayed to the public and members of the design and environmental teams for the three developments were present to discuss the proposals

Details of the events and proposed plans are available on CMAL's website.

Consultation meetings were also held at Uig with Uig harbour users, community council and Community Trust groups on:

  • 2 October 2017
  • 26 October 2017
  • 17 January 2018

The consultation gave community and harbour users the opportunity to discuss the proposed  work and give us feedback.

A Draft Uig Development Brief is also being developed by our planning and development team to consider the opportunities if the harbour infrastructure improvements project progress. This process is separate to the harbour redevelopment project where it will consider the areas of land in Uig which will become surplus as a result of the harbour infrastructure improvements. The brief will set out detailed planning guidance which, when adopted, will help us make future plannig decisions.   

Consultation on the brief has taken place with public meetings in Uig in October 2017 and September 2018 and the consultation on the draft brief ran for 8 weeks between 30 July to 21 September 2018. Once finalised the brief will be adopted as part of our development plan and will be used to determine planning applications and guide investment decisions in this area of Uig.

The infrastructure improvements at Uig Harbour are detailed on the masterplan layout and the proposed works which will be dependent on obtaining consents and funding include:

  • Widening and strengthening of existing berthing structure 
  • New lifting dolphins for new linkspan 
  • Relocated waiting shelter
  • New covered passenger walkway shelter
  • Widening of existing approachway
  • Reinstatement of boat steps
  • Extended marshalling area with reclamation from the sea with imported rock fill, rock armour, paving, lighting, drainage, road markings and other ancillary works. new marshalling area to include relocation of fishermen's compound area and relocation of dry berth area with new sheet pile wall
  • Design and provision of new pier and approachway widening fendering system supported on fender piles and steelwork
  • Design and provision of cathodic protection system to steelwork
  • Provision of upgraded electrical and water services to support ferry and harbour user operations
  • Concrete repairs to existing pier head and approachway structure

The new vessel is due to come into service in Spring 2020 and the Detailed Design has progressed and the consenting process continues with Marine Scotland for the Marine Licences and Transport Scotland for the Harbour Revision Orders (HRO).

The Environmental Impact assessment at Uig is now complete and works cannot start until the consenting processes have been completed for both the Marine Licence and HRO and this is not anticipated until Autumn 2019.

The notices for the Marine Licence and HRO have been made which details the draft HRO application, sections and elevations of the proposed works which accompanied the application, the Marine Licence applications and drawings, the EIA Report and non-technical summary. 

These documents can be inspected free of charge at all opening hours at Calmac Ferries Ltd’s Uig Terminal Building office and can be viewed at the links below. Details of obtaining copies of the EIA Report, non-technical summary, further information and anyone wishing to make an objection or representation are also detailed on the notices.

Harbour Revision Order documents

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) documents

Marine Licence documents

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