MORE details on berthing facilities for a new ferry linking Dunoon and Kilcreggan with Gourock are expected by the summer.

A Glasgow-based firm of consultants is working on "design solutions to ensure safe berthing of the proposed new vessel", a report reveals.

The update is given in a report to the Argyll and Bute Harbour Board for its virtual meeting on Thursday, March 4.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) awarded a contract earlier this year to engineering firm BMT for consultancy work on the "concept design" of a new ferry for the passenger-only routes linking Kilcreggan and Dunoon with Gourock.

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Stewart Clark, Argyll and Bute council’s marine operations manager, said in his report: “A contract was awarded to Mott MacDonald on January 14, 2021 for the compilation of an outline business case (OBC).

“The OBC will consider the feasibility of various design solutions to ensure safe berthing of the proposed new vessel (detailed specification to be provided by CMAL) at both Dunoon and Kilcreggan.

“Mott MacDonald is currently working, on behalf of CMAL, on an outline business case to consider development options at Gourock – this is as a result of Transport Scotland’s decision to introduce new vessels on the Gourock, Kilcreggan and Dunoon triangle.

“The OBC for Dunoon and Kilcreggan is expected to be complete by August of this year.”

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