Royal HaskoningDHV helped to complete a new ferry terminal at Ullapool Harbour in the Scottish Highlands. It was the first in a series of ferry terminals which we worked to develop across the west coast of Scotland, linked to a rise in tourism.

The old ferry which operated between Ullapool, on the mainland, and the port of Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis and Harris, had served the route for 20 years and needed replacing. A growing demand from overseas tourism and a need for additional ferry capacity led to a larger vessel being commissioned.

The ferry terminal on Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland was being upgraded in order to accommodate its new £41.8m vessel, ‘MV Loch Seaforth’, which was built for the crossing between Ullapool and Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. 

With funding from Transport Scotland, Ullapool Harbour Trust (UHT) asked Royal HaskoningDHV to assist with development of the harbour to accommodate the larger ferry. We were commissioned to design, procure and project manage a new passenger terminal building, a seaport boarding bridge, and a vehicle linkspan with supporting hoist towers and dolphins.

Completion of the project means that up to 632, 000 passengers and 130, 000 cars can now be transported each year by the new MV Loch Seaforth.

Our engineers worked closely with vehicle linkspan designers and suppliers, MacGregor’s of Sweden, travelling to Sweden to carry out inspections and tests on equipment as fabrication progressed. During installation at Ullapool, two of our senior engineers, oversaw works on site, including a load test involving seven full tipper trucks, weighing a total of 315 tonnes.

We also worked with ADELTE, a specialist seaport boarding bridge manufacturer from Spain, through the design and manufacturing phase before the equipment was delivered to Ullapool for assembly, and load testing.