New €400,000 commercial pontoon installed on Arklow Habour

The new pontoon will significantly improve safety and working conditions on the harbour.

Wicklow County Council and SSE Renewables collaborated on the project which has brought a new pontoon, worth €400,000, to Arklow’s South Quay.

The structure is approximately 90 linear meters by 2m wide of heavy-duty pontoon running parralel to the quay wall. This new structure will improve safety, capacity, accessibility, and the overall working conditions of the area.

Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Aoife Flynn Kennedy said: “The pontoon is a welcome addition to Arklow Harbour, contributing to the local economy and providing facilities both for Fishers and other marine based businesses. It will also significantly improve safety and working conditions for local users.”

Emer O’Gorman, Chief Executive, Wicklow County Council, added: “Wicklow County Council is committed to the development of the facilities in Arklow Harbour as it is a valuable community resource. I wish to acknowledge the funding received from the Department of Agriculture Food and Marine through the BALAMI Scheme 2022-2023 as well as the support and financial contribution from SSE Renewables to this project.”

Kaj Christiansen, Development Manager, SSE Renewables, expressed his appreciation to Wicklow County Council for their management of the project, and stated that: “SSE Renewables is delighted to have been in a position to support this valuable piece of infrastructure for Arklow Harbour through our annual Fisheries Fund. The commercial fisheries community is an important stakeholder group and we hope to continue to support locally based operators throughout the project’s lifecycle building on our model of co-existence and cooperation.

“We are committed to our investment into Arklow Harbour from where we will operate the wind farm from a state-of-the-art operations and maintenance facility (OMF) and so it is a pleasure to already be supporting our future neighbours and contributing to enhanced harbour safety and productivity.”

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