Timber haulage is an important part of the forestry life cycle,
benefitting communities and the economy.
With timber harvesting rising to over 7 million tonnes per annum in
Scotland, the Scottish Timber Transport Scheme seeks to facilitate
the sustainable transport of timber for the benefit of local
communities and the environment. It has funding of £2.2m in
One of the approved projects in 2016 is a floating pier to be built
in Ardcastle in West Argyll.
The pier will help allow around £10 million worth of timber to be
unlocked in Ardcastle Forest, which will help ship an estimated
250,000 tonnes of timber off the Ardcastle pier over the next 10
With harvesting on the increase and the nearby Ardrishaig Pier
already extremely busy, the new pier on the National Forest Estate
will boost the ability for shipping greater quantities of timber to
Derek Nelson, Business Development Policy Advisor for Forestry
Commission Scotland, said: "The additional shipping facilities will
be able to take larger boats in deeper water and cut down the need
for using timber wagons on fragile rural roads, saving 3.5 million
The funding is being awarded to John Scott Floating Piers Ltd who
will be taking forward the delivery of the pier. Through his
company, Mr Scott will be making the pier's facilities open to all
users who wish to transport timber.
The pier and shore-side infrastructure is planned to be around
3,500 m2 in size and will be able to stack around 3,000 tonnes of
timber in advance of a vessel arriving.
John Scott, of JST Services added: "I am delighted to receive this
grant which will help improve the flow of timber from the forests
of Argyll to processors and help to increase the volume of timber
transported in a sustainable manner."
The building of the new pier will underpin a long term contract
between Forest Enterprise Scotland and wood processing company
Kevin Thomas, UK Wood Supply Manager at Norbord said: "We are
delighted to be able to offer our support for this
project. The opening of this pier is aligned with our
investment plans at Inverness and the subsequent increase in raw
material demand that follows. Norbord is committed to modal shift
on both raw material and finished product wherever practicable and
the opening of this facility allows us to do this on volumes
purchased from Argyll."
News Source: http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/news/1659-floating-pier-helps-scotlands-rural-economy