Stornoway Port Authority is consulting the public on the next stage of developing the town’s harbour to help bring significant economic benefits to the islands.

As part of its 20-year Master Plan, the port authority aims to create a deep-water port which is crucial to accelerate local growth in the burgeoning cruise business, by providing improved facilities for larger ships that cannot currently berth alongside.

The project is the largest single development in Stornoway Port Authority’s history and one of the biggest projects ever undertaken in the Hebrides.

It also plans to create a new marina and associated developments to cater for growing leisure sailing traffic. The project is designed to tackle a shortage of yacht berths and amenities which is constraining potential growth in marine tourism.

The port authority is now seeking a Harbour Revision Order under Section 14 of the Harbours Act 1964 which empowers it to construct and maintain works within the harbour.

In addition, it has applied to Scottish Ministers for marine licences under Section 20 of the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 to construct the marina and undertake dredging and dredged spoil deposit for the development.

Both applications have been published today (Thursday, 20 December).

Alex Macleod, Stornoway Port Authority’s chief executive, said: “A new marina, together with the reclamation and other developments at the site, will significantly enhance facilities at the port and bring major benefits to the local community and our visitors.

“Seeking the marine licences and harbour revision order is the next step towards achieving these goals.”

Copies of the licence applications, including plans showing the location, and a copy of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report can be inspected, free of charge at: Stornoway Port Authority, Amity House, Esplanade Quay, Stornoway HS1 2XS Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm and at Stornoway Library, 15 Cromwell Street, Stornoway HS1 2DA Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm, plus late opening to 7pm on Thursdays. Both locations will be closed on public holidays.

The EIA Report can also be viewed online at www.stornowayportauthority.com

Copies of a short, non-technical summary are available from Stornoway Port Authority free of charge.

Any representations should be made by Friday, 25 January by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to The Scottish Government, Marine Scotland Licensing Operations Team, Marine Laboratory, 375 Victoria Road, Aberdeen, AB11 9DB, identifying the proposed works and specifying grounds for objection or support.

A copy of the draft Harbour Revision may also be inspected, free of charge, between 9am-5pm Monday and Friday at the port authority offices until 25 January.

Anyone requiring further information concerning the proposed works should apply in writing to the authority quoting ‘Stornoway Harbour Revision Order 2019’.

Those wishing to make a representation on the application should contact Val Ferguson, Ports and Harbours Branch, Transport Scotland, Area 2F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ (or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

A series of public consultations and exhibitions were held earlier this year to discuss the port authority’s Master Plan.