May 7, 2020

For the first time in over 25 years the dry dock facility at Kishorn Port near Lochcarron in Wester Ross has been fully opened to the sea to allow a shipping vessel into the dock. This marks the start of a new chapter in the life of the dry dock, one of the largest in Europe.

In the early hours of Tuesday 5 May 2020, one of the 13,000-tonne dry dock gates was eased from its base and towed out into Loch Kishorn for temporary mooring. The operation was completed following a week of detailed preparatory work to ready the gate for its move, which included removing the large gate seals which keep the dock dry; flooding the dock and pumping of water from inside the gate structure itself to allow it to float. Read more…