New Oban Harbour Website Launched

30 Jul 2015

Coinciding with the beginning of West Highland Yachting Week, today marks the launch of the new Oban Harbour website developed by Oban Harbour Management Group:

Developed as part of a longer term project targeting improved marine safety in Oban Harbour, in a partnership between Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL), Argyll and Bute Council, Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB), and CalMac Ferries, the website is packed with useful information and advice to aid navigation within the busy harbour. It is aimed at regular leisure and commercial traffic as well as those who may be visiting for the first time, and should be an indispensable resource for harbour users.

Mike Brew, who is responsible for leading the project implementation, commented: “It’s great to be able to launch this today, after all the hard work by many of the stakeholders in the Harbour who have contributed. In particular, there is now a single point of contact for anyone to call for advice on visiting or using the harbour”.

West Highland Yacht Week organisers have welcomed the website introduction as good, accessible information that should contribute significantly to navigational safety in the harbour area.

Lorna Spencer, Director of Harbours, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd, commented: “We are delighted that the hard work and continued engagement with all the stakeholders has delivered this key focal point for information for all the activities in Oban Harbour, and we are looking forward to continuing on-going improvements in the harbour environment”.

Councillor Alistair MacDougall, policy lead for transportation, welcomed the news, saying: ‘’The safe and effective operation of Oban Harbour is essential to residents and businesses in and around Oban. This new website represents a huge step forward in improving marine safety in Oban Bay and we are pleased to be a partner in its development.’’

Capt Phil Day, Director of Marine Operations for the Northern Lighthouse Board, commented: “The Northern Lighthouse Board is pleased to be involved in this initiative alongside the other berth operators, and most importantly working with the Oban community to improve safety. Oban harbour and approaches are becoming a busier and more crowded place particularly in Spring and Summer. We are committed to supporting this development whilst ensuring the Safety of the Mariner remains assured.

Alasdair Henderson from CalMac Ferries said: “The growth in commercial and leisure traffic within Oban Harbour is welcomed. It is important that everyone can operate safely in what is now a very busy harbour in summer, and the new website effectively encourages and promotes this.”

This initiative has been supported by the four key stakeholders operating within Oban Harbour, a hub for ferries, commercial and leisure users on the West Coast.

The Oban Harbour Management Group is as follows:

  • Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited is the owner of the Railway and South Piers in Oban, which are operated on their behalf by CalMac Ferries Limited.
  • Argyll & Bute Council own and operate the North Pier.
  • Both CMAL and Argyll & Bute Council are the Statutory Harbour authorities for their respective areas.
  • The Northern Lighthouse Board operates its own facility in Oban Harbour and regularly plays host to the well known cruise ship, Hebridean Princess.
  • CalMac Ferries which operates several services from Oban Harbour.