Campbeltown Berthing Facility

Campbeltown Berthing Facility


Background and what we plan to do

The original plans for this project were to increase the number of berths from 40 to 145 and to improve on-shore facilities in order to provide a more attractive facility for recreational sailing.  A technical feasibility study was carried out, to find out whether the proposals were possible and to establish the likely cost.  The findings of the technical feasibility study were –

  • A marina is technically feasible within Campbeltown Harbour i.e. layout, dredging, infrastructure etc;
  • The number of berths has had to be reduced from 145 to 45 due to the projected supply and demand;
  • The proposal is not 'self-financing' by virtue of the projected high capital costs and insufficient income to cover capital costs and depreciation over the term of the project;
  • Grant funding would be required;
  • There is a substantial capital funding shortfall;
  • There is overall stakeholder support for the project.

The Campbeltown CHORD Project Board agreed that further investigations should be carried out - looking at lower capital costs & alternative technical solutions; potential funding sources; engaging more with stakeholders.

The overall objectives of the Campbeltown Berthing Facility project are -

  • To enhance berthing facilities;
  • Ensure that the facility is commercially viable and sustainable;
  • Ensure that the facility offers value for money;
  • Ensure that the facility has an agreed, robust and sustainable management organisation.

This project is part-financed by the European Union's European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG IVA Cross-border Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body

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Project updates

Title Update
GSS Marine Services appointed as main contractor

GSS Marine Services, of Rosneath, were  appointed as main contractor in December 2014 to carry out the berthing and on-shore improvement work, which will make the marina a more attractive sailing destination, bringing visitors to the area.

Work has already commenced with the removal of the  existing pontoons in January. The new piles and pontoons are now onsite awaiting completion of the piling that began in March.  Marine plant is busy on site and will complete installation by summer.

The new pontoon layout will have a total of 54 berths – 10 at finger pontoons, 28 alongside berths and 16 additional berths by rafting – and will provide a flexible layout which can accommodate larger craft.

This new layout will see the main leg shortened to bring the berthing more in to the lee of the quay as well as the addition of an angled breakwater to protect the more northerly berths.

The new on-shore facility was started in January and will include male, female and family toilets and showers as part of creating a more attractive contemporary offer for yacht owners as well as resident boat users.

Argyll and Bute council is currently out to tender for an operator.