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Caledonian Canal Bridge Works

Vital maintenance was carried out

The Caledonian Canal connects the Scottish East coast at Inverness with the west coast at Fort William. The Canal was constructed in the early 19th Century by Scottish Engineer Thomas Telford and is 97miles long with 29 locks and 10 swing bridges.

The swing bridges at both Fort Augustus and Laggan were in need of vital maintenance and so Ness Ribs were asked to supply a working platform with scaffold and a safety boat in support of the planned works.

Our Zodiac Milpro “Petrel” was mobilised along with a 4m x 4m modular pontoon to Fort Augustus then onto Laggan via the canal. The Pontoon provided a safe, stable and secure platform for engineers to work on the underside of the bridge. The Zodiac patrolled the area around the works providing a safety provision in the event of a worker falling into the canal.

Our Crews are certified by the MCA with RNLI / Swift water rescue experience.

The planned works were completed ahead of schedule, under budget and with no safety observations.