WORK on a new ice plant in Stornoway harbour will begin in the New Year.

Stornoway Port Authority has announced that the award of contract for project management of the procurement and installation of the new ice plant has gone to local company Maciver Consultancy Services Ltd. 

Director of Maciver Consultancy Services Ltd, Malcolm Maciver, an experienced professional project manager and civil engineer will be the principal manager for the project.

Mr Maciver commented: "Maciver Consultancy Services Ltd are delighted to be working with the Stornoway Port Authority on this project which will provide significant benefit to the local community.  We look forward to assisting with this project which reinforces SPA’s continuing commitment to improve the harbour amenities."

The Vice Chair of the Port Authority, Mr Murdo Murray, said: “The project comes about as a result of the irretrievable breakdown of the former ice plant owned and operated by Stornoway Fisherman’s Co-operative. As a result of stakeholder requests, the Port Authority has assisted with the provision of ice since that breakdown by installing a small ice machine on what was supposed to be a short-term temporary basis. As it became clear that the Fisherman’s Co-operative were unable to reinstate an ice facility the Port Authority agreed to take on ice provision in the port."

Following an award of funding from the European Fisheries Fund the Port Authority tendered for a Project Manager for the project."

It is understood that the old ice plant will be decommissioned by Stornoway Fisherman’s Co-operative and the new plant will be sited in the same area as the former ice plant.