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The Brodick ferry port has been a hub of activity this week as the new terminal building and pier near their final completion date, with berthing trials and final touches being added to the building.
While workers busy themselves indoors, the exterior of the building earlier this week had its name emblazoned in white lettering across the front entrance. Supports for the moving section of the passenger access system are also evident as they await the installation of the raised walkway that passengers will use to board and disembark the vessels.
Berthing trials, although slightly delayed due to technical issues with MV Isle of Arran, have been under way since last Wednesday, as reported in last week’s Banner, with Arran residents being greeted with the unusual sight of having two vessels berthed in the harbour at the same time as the MV Caledonian Isles undertook berthing trials.
Adding to unusual sights and making an unscheduled visit, the Waverley paddle steamer was also spotted successfully berthing on the eastern side of the new pier. The departure might have not gone according to plan though, as an eyewitness described the vessel leaving, but then stopping in the bay near the shoreline, where a small boat loaded up what appeared to be a large rope from the water, returning it to the Waverley.
The work at the ferry terminal by principal contractor George Leslie Ltd started in January last year and is scheduled for completion in August, with the facility to be operational at the same time.
PS Waverley departs the eastern side of the new pier during berthing trials. 01_B26terminal01
With the signage completed the exterior of the Brodick Ferry Terminal appears ready for operation. 01_B26terminal02
The MV Isle of Arran and the MV Caledonian Isles are both pictured in the habour at the same time. 01_B26terminal03