The first stage in a public inquiry into Stena Line's multi-million pound plans to move to Cairnryan will take place in the village next week.
The firm is seeking to move its services to Cairnryan
A pre-inquiry meeting has been scheduled for 25 July in order to set the timetable for the full inquiry.
It will seek to agree a date and venue for the public inquiry to be held into the ferry port proposals.
The inquiry is taking place after a number of local objections were lodged to the new harbour plans.
The company wants to share the P&O harbour facility in Cairnryan, which lies six miles closer to the mouth of Loch Ryan.
When combined with a relocation of the Belfast terminal, 30 minutes would be cut from sailing times between Scotland and Northern Ireland.