Kirkwall’s Hatston Pier Extension project contractor announced
McLaughlin & Harvey have been confirmed as the contractors who will carry out work on Orkney Islands Council’s £8m Hatston pier redevelopment.
The project will see the county’s largest deep water pier extended northwards by 160m giving a quay edge of 385 metres and is part of the Council’s ‘three port’ strategy to provide additional port infrastructure in Orkney.
The development will include a newly formed quay and workspace area to support marine energy traffic and associated industrial activities.
The Pier extension will also be of major benefit to the cruise industry allowing the largest liners to berth alongside. Normally cruise ships of this size will anchor in Kirkwall Bay and tender the passengers ashore, but from 2013 ships will be able to berth with ease benefitting from 11 metres of deep water.
The extension project will commence in the winter of 2012 and is expected to be ready for the 2013 cruise ship season.