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Sunken barge to be removed from Kennacraig Harbour

View of Kennacraig Harbour
The sunken barge is being removed to make way for a new ferry

A sunken barge which has been lying in a harbour on the Kintyre Peninsula for about four decades is to be removed next month.

The old Thames barge is being excavated from Kennacraig Harbour to allow a new ferry to berth safely.

The five-week project will get under way in May and use a large working barge to remove the sunken vessel.

Harbour operator CMAL said there would be no disruption to ferry services, which run to Islay.

The new CMAL ferry is currently being built in Poland and will operate from next spring.

Lorna Spencer, CMAL director of harbour and piers, said: "The sunken barge has been lying in Kennacraig Harbour since the 70s and must be removed to allow safe berthing of our new larger ferry, the MV Finlaggan.

"All consents are in place and the old barge will be broken up and disposed in an appropriate way."



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