FOLLOWING meetings last week with consultants, contractors and Caledonian Macbrayne, Stornoway Port Authority has confirmed that the infrastructure works to accommodate the new CalMac ferry 'Loch Seaforth' will be completed in the New Year. 

The works remain largely weather-dependent and so no completion date has yet been guaranteed.

The contractors had been working 24hrs per day, six days per week in an effort to complete the project before the festive break but a combination of storms, heavy sea swells, high winds and unforeseen challenges with fixing fender panels to the roundhead on Pier 3 have further delayed works.

Construction Project Manager, Graham Hopper of contractors BAM Nuttall commented: "We realise that the construction works have been going on for much longer than originally anticipated, due to various circumstances and we thank everyone for their continued patience while we progress the works to conclusion as quickly as possible."

Vice Chair of the Port Authority, Mr Murdo Murray, said: "The timescale for this project was always very tight and as this is the largest capital project we have ever undertaken it’s important that the time is taken to get the quality product that the travelling public expect."