First ferry docks at new pier

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The first ferry has docked at the new Brodick ferry terminal.

Caledonian MacBrayne used the longest night of the year and the return of the MV Isle of Arran on Wednesday night to carry out the first berthing trials at the new pier.

The MV Isle of Arran carried out the trials following its arrival from Ardrossan. Without any fuss or ceremony she slipped out of the old pier and began its manoeuvres at the new pier at high tide.

Only a handful of onlookers were there as she firstly backed into the right hand pier without incident before secondly reversing into the linkspan, which will be the usual pier for the ferries to dock and lowered the car ramp.

There were a number of CalMac, CMAL officials and staff as well as representatives of the contractors George Leslie Ltd present but the trials appear to have have been a success and more are planned next week.

The first ferry sits docked at the right berth of the new pier. 01_A25pier01

The MV Isle of Arran reverses into the new linkspan. 01_A25pier02

Staff look on as the car ramp is lowered on to the new linkspan. 01_A25pier03