Scottish Communications Group (SCG) have been awarded a major contract by Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) for the design and installation of a new integrated IP CCTV solution at their Clyde and west coast network of 25 harbours, ports and slipways.  These range from Largs on the mainland to Tarbert (Harris) in the Western Isles.

The project, valued at £1.85 million, is for the initial turnkey installation of the CCTV system and then the full service and maintenance of these sites for a five year term.

One of the key requirements by CMAL was for a quality system that is robust and fit for purpose within the extreme and harsh conditions that are frequently experienced within the marine environment on the West Coast of Scotland.  SCG, through their wealth of experience in port and coastal locations, specified an IP HD CCTV solution that fulfilled the detailed CMAL specification requirements.

The 25 individual systems will be linked to CMAL headquarters in Port Glasgow .

Paul Gibson, Scottish Communications Group said: 

 “We are delighted to have been awarded this very prestigious contract, one of the largest of its kind in Scotland and look forward to working with CMAL to deliver the latest technology.    Due to the size of the contract, we will be recruiting additional staff, based in the west of Scotland and creating new apprenticeship opportunities.”

David McHardie, CMAL said:

“The delivery of this contract will improve the safety of our ports and harbours for all users and the work forms part of our overall programme to improve and upgrade harbours across the network.  In particular, the CCTV system is aimed at enhancing the efficiency of lifeline ferry services by providing Ferry Masters with the ability to remotely access live images of their intended destinations to better inform their decision making process.  SCG’s proposal demonstrated a high degree of quality in terms of technical capability, innovation and value for money.  We look forward to working with SCG.”