Fraserburgh Harbour’s deepening project is set to commence within the coming weeks.
The North Harbour, which is known locally as the Black Sands will be deepened to five metres at chart datum. The deepening will extend to meet the main entrance channel to the port. The project, which attracted grant assistance from Marine Scotland and European Fisheries Fund, will also include the provision of a new open pile quay with a spending beach below at the existing Black Sands area and all quay walls will be refaced.
It is expected that this new deep water basin will provide berthing for 20 to 25 deeper draughted vessels and will include the provision of shore power. It is thought the project will help secure the future of the port and will offer opportunities for diversity in the future which may include the offshore renewables industry.
The Port Commissioners have awarded the project to McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd, with CH2M Hill of Glasgow appointed as project engineers.
Mobilisation is due to take place from Monday November 19 with an expected completion date of twelve months. Planned working hours are 7am to 7pm, seven days a week. Members of the public should expect that access to relevant parts of the port will be restricted for the duration of the project and the Commissioners look forward to the community’s co-operation during this time.