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Wednesday, 18/Nov/2009

Port Ellen Fish Quay Repairs

Picture of the fish quay in a small harbour on a sunny day

Before they go completely stale I thought I post a few pictures I took a few weeks ago during my last visit to Islay. They obviously don't show the current status, but I thought some of you might still find them interesting. They show the very early stages of the re-construction of the existing fish quay wall in Port Ellen on the south coast of Islay. Over the years the wall had settled and needs to be reinforced and rebuilt.

Picture of workers putting together steel 'cages' for a reinforced concrete structure

You can read some background on the Caledonian Maritime Assets News page, although some will question the meaning of the information, in particular the last paragraph:

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 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. [..]

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.

Picture of a digger with a drill attached working on a quay wall

I hear the work is progressing well, although there's still quite a lot of work to do. Not surprising considering the work is scheduled to continue for a few more month until completion.

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