The old ferry which operated between Ullapool and the port of Stornoway had served the route for 20 years and was in need of replacing. A growing demand from overseas tourism combined with a need for additional ferry capacity led to a larger vessel being commissioned.

With funding from Transport Scotland, and costs shared between Caledonian Marine Assets Ltd (CMAL) and the Ullapool Harbour Trust (UHT), Royal HaskoningDHV was appointed to assist with development of the harbour to accommodate the new, larger ferry – the MV Loch Seaforth. Our team was 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.

Alistair Chan, Project Manager and marine Civil Engineer for CMAL for the Ullapool project, said: “It was clear that Royal HaskoningDHV were dedicated to achieve the objectives of the project and were a key part of the success. The machinery provided has helped to safeguard the ferry service for many years to come, providing benefit for the local and wider community. Following on-site completion, Royal HaskoningDHV has provided continued support and expertise and have been committed to ensure they provide value for money.”