Work to develop the Stranraer waterfront is finally set to get underway.
The £1.3m development will regenerate the waterfront
The £1.3m project, which includes leisure, housing, and retail opportunities, had faced delays due to legal problems and escalating costs.
The first phase of the development will involve the construction of a 90-metre breakwater which is expected to take seven months to complete.
Dredging operations are scheduled to begin next week.
The project is being financed by Scottish Enterprise Dumfries and Galloway, the European Regional Development Fund and the local authority.
A temporary causeway will also be created to allow material for the breakwater to be transported into place.
Once completed, up to 50 pontoon berths will be created to accommodate sailing craft.
Work on the harbour development, first announced in 2005, was held up after ferry company Sea Containers failed to give permission for it to start.
The company, who previously operated a ferry from Stranraer to Troon, held a seabed lease for the area. Delays in getting permission cost the local authority an estimated £130,000.
Concerns over the lease were resolved in March.
A spokesperson for Dumfries and Galloway Council said the building materials needed for the project would be transported by road to a storage area next to the harbour and that every effort would be made to minimise disruption to road users and residents.