Aberdeenshire Council committed to dredging maintenance at its North-east harbours

Aberdeenshire Council has committed itself to a three-year dredging contract for three North-east harbours it operates.

As statutory authority for Banff, Macduff and Stonehaven, the council has a legal obligation to provide safe navigation for harbour users.

During private session on Thursday (Nov 28), the council’s Infrastructure Services Committee heard that maintenance dredging is required on an annual basis at the harbours to avoid excessive sediment from accumulating in the basins.

Officers said that given the nature of the works it was desirable to have a combined contract agreed on a longer-term basis.

Director of Infrastructure Services Stephen Archer says: “This procurement will enable Aberdeenshire Council to appoint a specialist contractor to carry out maintenance dredging at Banff, Macduff and Stonehaven harbours on a three-year framework contract with the option of an additional 12-month extension, subject to the satisfactory performance of the supplier.

“The proposed framework will provide cost certainty over the term of the contract which, in turn, will enable more accurate forecasting of the requirements for the Harbours Revenue budget.”