New pontoon system for Cairnbulg harbour

Cairnbulg Harbour.
Cairnbulg Harbour.

Cairnbulg harbour took delivery of a new pontoon system recently, following on from the first pontoons which were installed four years ago.

After the first set of Big Lottery-sponsored pontoons were introduced, demand for berths increased year or year and the harbour committeesaw the need for an additional spread at the facility.

Aberdeenshire Council and Aberdeenshire European Fisheries Fund (AEFF) began a programme of regional development with the harbour facility being one of the first projects to benefit from their assistance.

A project was fast tracked over the autumn of 2012 and the result was a pontoon spread which has been installed in time for the 2013 season.

The project was also supported by the local gala which provided an interest free loan to allow the development to proceed.

As a result, Cairnbulg harbour has increased its pontoon berthing capacity from 20 berths to 40, with all berths being taken before the facility has been commissioned.

Cairnbulg harbour is one of only a few community-owned harbours in Scotland.

Harbour chairman Michael Summers said: “A lot of hard work had went into this project and the joy at seeing it all transferred into a development like this was an extremely rewarding experience, many late nights form filling and planning has led to this superb facility which does the area proud.”