Mull pier development

Forestry Commission Scotland invested £3 million into a new pier on Mull to help transport greater quantities of timber off the island.

Transport of timber off Mull is expensive. The new pier, built at Fishnish, will cut down on costs and save on at least 800,000 lorry miles each year as more timber is moved onto boats, thus relieving traffic on fragile mainland roads.

The pier is also be open for other timber suppliers on the island to use therefore it is expected to open up new markets and boost timber values.

Work on the pier began in December 2012 and was completed in December 2013. Locally based company, TSL Contractors Ltd, carried out the bulk of the work.

Why did Forestry Commission Scotland build this pier?

The cost of timber transport from Mull is high; therefore the return to the forest manager is low and this has constrained forestry activity on the island, especially during periods of low market prices. The bulk transport of timber from the new pier is expected to significantly reduce transport costs. FCS has built the pier to ensure that the public benefit provided by the pier can be secured in the long term. 

Who is involved?

TSL Contractors Ltd carried out the bulk of the work along with Steel Piling Installations Ltd. Marine Consultants, Wallace Stone of Milngavie, are assisting FCS on the project, whilst both Mull & Iona Community Trust and North West Mull Community Woodland Company welcome the project.

Who owns the pier?

The pier is owned by Forestry Commission Scotland and there is a 10 year operating contract which has been awarded to TSL ltd.

Can the pier be used by others?

Forestry Commission Scotland has made the pier available for the transport of timber from community owned and privately owned woodlands on the island. It is proposed to develop a Pier Users Group to help co-ordinate management of the facility between the operator, forest managers on Mull and timber harvesting companies. It is also expected that this freight pier may be used for other bulky freight not ideally suited to transport on the island ferries.