Bright future ahead for Fraserburgh Harbour

Andrew Ironside and Jill Smith from Fraserburgh Harbour.
Andrew Ironside and Jill Smith from Fraserburgh Harbour.

Fraserburgh Harbour is looking forward to a major programme of repairs works following storm damage last December.

The harbour, along with many other ports along the east coast of Scotland, suffered severe damage in mid-December 2012.

However, repair work is due to begin as soon as next month, according to Harbour Master Andrew Ironside.

Tender quotes for the repairs have now been submitted, and a tender award is expected to be made this month.

It is anticipated that repairs will then commence in the first week of June, with an expected completion date of the middle to end of September.

The seven-figure repair costs are being split into three sections. These are underwater repairs, above-water repairs and Rock Armour protection at the south of the port from the ship lift to the Kessock Caravan Park.

The above water restoration work will include repairs to the Golden Horn Lighthouse.

Speaking to the Fraserburgh Herald, Harbour Master Andrew Ironside said: “The damage sustained in December, while significant, did not affect the day to day running of the harbour.

“This is due to the excellent response of the employees of the port who mobilised the day after the storm, within five hours.

“We are delighted to be able to report that repairs will start in early June, with completion due in the autumn of this year.

“During the repairs, we look forward to co-operation from all vessel owners using the port.”