Posted on 24 February 2016
Following a public tender process BAM Civil has been appointed as the main contractor by Bantry Bay Port company to undertake the new Bantry inner harbour development.
With phase 1 of the project expected to cost in the region of 8.5 million euro, funding for the project has been made available from The Port of Cork company, the Department of transport, tourism & sport and from previous funds carried over from Bantry harbour commissioners.
Marina, fishing and tourism
As well as providing a more sheltered harbour environment and marina with increased water depth, the development will also see the pier facilities improved and a new quayside area which will support and promote fishing and tourism activities in the Bantry area.
With construction expected to commence in late February/early March 2016, Bantry Bay Port company are hoping to complete the development by Q3 2017.
Once complete the development will ensure vessels no longer lie aground when beside the pier. The quayside reclamation area will provide an increased foot print for marine related activities, making the pier safer environment for all users.
The new twenty berth marina will provide improved berthage for local and visiting yachts to safely moor and access the town centre. Dredging will be carried out on the existing pier and new marina facilities, allowing access at all stages of the tide.
Kick-start for marine leisure industry
Speaking at the announcement, Bantry Bay Port company and Port of Cork chairman, John Mullins said: “BAM Civil is the largest civil engineering and public works contractor in Ireland and Bantry Bay Port Company is very excited to be working with them on the new inner harbour development.”
CEO Port of Cork and Bantry Bay Port director, Brendan Keating said: “This is without doubt a big joint investment by Bantry Bay Port company, the Port of Cork and the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, however the benefits to the local area are second to none and we anticipate that this development will provide a critical kick-start for the marine leisure industry and we are confident it will attract more marine tourism to the Bantry area.’
This news item was originally published on the website of BAM.
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