Representatives from Gael Force joined members of Argyll & Bute Council and the local community to officially celebrate the opening of Oban’s new transit berthing facility, of which Gael Force was the main contractor.
The facility, made up of 15 finger berth pontoons, 3 hammer heads, and 12 fully serviced floating concrete breakwaters, was built to the highest standards and as per the original plans. It is estimated that the pontoons will benefit the local economy to the tune of £25 million over 20 years.
Gael Force’s management and delivery of the project, alongside sub-contractors, was highly commended by Argyll and Bute’s provost Len Scoullar. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr Scoullar said, “This fantastic new facility provides an easy access marine gateway into Oban. It will establish the town as a key attraction in the west coast marine industry, and so drive forward the economic prosperity of the local and wider area.”
“It’s been financed by Argyll and Bute Council, the Scottish Government and HIE and has been inspired by widespread community support and delivered by the council and project partners Gael Force, Fairhurst, North West Marine, and Gareloch Support Services. Our thanks go to all involved. The new North Pier Pontoons stand ready to carry Oban into a prosperous economic future.”
Gael Force Production Director, Stephen Offord, said, “We are delighted to have led this project as the main contractor from start to finish and are immensely proud of the achievement. Through close teamwork with the Council and sub-contractors, we were able to overcome some challenges with ease and the fantastic outcome is there for all to see!”
In the same week of its official opening, the facility welcomed 1,000 cruise ship passengers, amongst other maritime visitors.