Elliott Bowman of Islay Sea Shipping sent me an image today (picture right) of the current ground investigation works at Port Ellen. Earlier CMAL issed a press release in which they mentioned the ground investigation works as well as the start of the re-construction of the fish quay wall at Port Ellen on the 19th of October. CMAL: "Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) has appointed contractors to start the re-construction work of the existing fish quay wall at Port Ellen on the Isle of Islay. Contractors McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd, under the supervision of Engineers Halcrow Group Ltd, will begin work on site on 19 October, with the project expected to be complete by the beginning of 2010. The existing masonry wall is old, in poor condition and has settled over time. The new inner harbour wall will be constructed in front of the existing masonry blockwork wall to prevent further movement of the blockwork, including the provision of a new set of boat steps and mooring rings. In addition, the area behind the wall will be re-compacted and backfilled as appropriate and a new tarmac/blockwork surface laid. The works are near the area of the access road to the ferry terminal and grain silo but the contractor has given an undertaking to keep the access road open throughout the duration of the works."
"This project follows marine and ground investigation work at Port Ellen and Kennacraig which has been taking place since the summer. By laying the ground work now for any potential infrastructure improvements at Port Ellen and Kennacraig, this will ensure the project can begin as soon as possible, should funding become available. Detailed design work is also continuing for both projects and the process for Harbour Revision Orders will begin shortly. For further information contact Andrew Flockhart at CMAL on 01475-749933 or email firstname.lastname@example.org"