Transport Minister Visitation
Mr Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister of Transport and the Islands was presented with a copy of the Mallaig Harbour Authority Masterplan when he visited with the Authority on Wednesday 19th July. He was given a comprehensive briefing on the aims and aspirations of the Authority for the upcoming 10 – 15 years which includes a Breakwater out to the Lighthouse with new deeper water berthing capability; new ferry berth with associated Linkspan, a concrete ramp and parking for up to 200 vehicles; relocation of the Mallaig Boatyard; new fish/prawn market; new passenger walkway access to the smaller ferry boats; etc; etc.
Other items discussed with the Minister included the ongoing problem on the Mallaig – Armadale ferry service where disruptions due to tidal constraints was still impacting on the service; our full support for an all year round ferry service between Lochboisdale and Mallaig; and the widening and subsequent construction of the A82 Trunk Road as it winds its way around Loch Lomond.
The photo shows Tony Kenning (Vice Chairman); Humza Yousaf (Transport Minister); Charlie King (Chairman); and Robert MacMillan (CEO).
Fish Feed Storage
The 12th of July marked the sixth anniversary of the opening of the 1,000 tonne capacity fish feed store on Mallaig Pier.
To date 223,600 tonnes of fish feed has been loaded/transhipped through the port.
The 63 metre cruise ship “MV Balmoral”, built in 1949 as a sister ship to the “Waverley” (but with conventional propulsion) made its inaugural visit to Mallaig on Tuesday 11th July. The owners of the “Balmoral”, White Funnel Ltd, Bristol, are considering the implementation of day long excursions on the west coast of Scotland with Mallaig being one of the pickup/drop off points in their itinerary.
The photo shows “MV Balmoral”, under the command of Cpt David Howie, about to dock at Mallaig.