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New pontoon extension provides boost for local community

A new extension to a landing pontoon in Loch Fyne, Argyll, will boost the versatility of the facility and deliver further benefits to the local community of Strachur.

The upgrade, which will provide additional mooring space, received valuable support from The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) who provided facilities at its nearby Cairndow base to enable the construction to be completed ashore above the high water mark.

The original 81m long pontoon (now 83m) was supplied by Fusion Marine in December 2012 for the Strachur Bay Mooring Association (SBMA). But in a move to provide additional mooring options, SBMA recently contracted Fusion Marine to retro-fit a 13.5m offset L-shaped hammerhead onto the end of the pontoon.

To complete the construction, the polyethylene pontoon was towed to the SSC Cairndow facility, which provided ample space for the fitting of the modular hammerhead using specialised butt-fusion jointing and control techniques. Once the attachment was completed, the pontoon was towed back to Strachur and is now fully operational.

Ian Arnold, SBMA secretary, says the pontoon has played an incredibly important role in community life, including being featured a local Ceilidh band’s music video and forming a key element of the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay in 2014.
“The new extension was necessary so as to accommodate the growing number of boats using the facility,” he says. “It has made the pontoon more versatile for boat users, enabling craft to berth with ease no matter the wind direction.

“Furthermore, it gives the option to embark and disembark from stern landing steps on boats, which is great for older folk and those of less mobility.”

Rhuaraidh Edwards, Technical Sales Engineer for Fusion Marine, said: “The pontoon has brought many benefits to Strachur and the new extension will enhance these even further.  Our pontoons are incredibly versatile as they can be sited on tidal shores, providing local communities with convenient marine access.

“We are especially grateful to The Scottish Salmon Company for enabling us to use their facility at Cairndow to ensure we could complete the fabrication, which is a great example of local companies working together for the overall benefit of the community.”

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