Argyll and Bute Council own and manage several piers and harbours and, as a Statutory Harbour Authority, comply with the Port Marine Safety Code. The piers and harbours see a lot of activity throughout the year in various forms, both commercial and leisure
Campbeltown Harbour is a commercially flexible port at the southern tip of the Kintyre peninsula. The Quays and Marina accommodate fishing, cargo, timber, leisure and cruise ships, with modern marina facilities for 54 berths, storage and 24-hour CCTV. Ferry services run to Ardrossan, Islay and Ballycastle, Northern Ireland. In many respects, Campbeltown is one of the most remote towns on the mainland, and this is reflected in the difficulties many residents experience. In bad winters, the town has been cut off for several days, unscheduled ferries bringing in generators and supplies, whilst even in summer the lengthy journey to reach anywhere is problematic.
The Piers and Harbours team was receiving a number of complaints due to the poor lighting levels that made port operations difficult. Trialling an LED upgrade to the main high mast was necessary to make sure the product was suitable for all the various port users, particularly minimising glare for incoming vessels. AIR3 was chosen, not only for its lightweight, robust qualities and fantastic energy savings but also because Direct Drive® offers superior maintenance savings to a client where access and environmental conditions are so challenging. Following the successful trial, conversion of all remaining masts has been planned in.
Per annum, the scheme saves 59% energy and 94% in maintenance, with no wear out components on board. The client benefits from a payback period of just 2.5 years
Feedback from the first phase of the project has been very positive. The lanterns delivered on their promise of being quick and easy to install. As the Lighting Consultant (WSP) for Argyll and Bute Council, says:
Complaints have reduced from the Piers and Harbours Team with the increased lighting levels. Great customer service and excellent lead times from INDO as always