Forth Ports to pump £10m into the Port of Dundee

Forth Ports to pump £10m into the Port of Dundee

After a strong year of trading in 2015 the Port of Dundee is set to receive another major boost as Forth Ports pumps £10m into expanding the site.

The investment, which will see the creation of a new quayside, aims to position the port at the forefront of the North Sea oil and gas decommissioning and offshore wind sectors.

The quayside, at the East end of the port, connecting to the existing Prince Charles Wharf, will offer heavy lift capability over its entire 200m length with an ultra-heavy lift pad at one end.

This capability, coupled with a deep-water berth and significant land area of around 60 acres, will facilitate the handling of the largest cargoes, as demanded by these emerging North Sea industry sectors.

Charles Hammond, chief executive of Forth Ports, said: “This is an important, privately funded investment for the Port of Dundee which is ideally placed to service the needs of North Sea oil and gas, decommissioning and Scotland’s offshore wind sector over the coming years.

“The port’s existing skills base and location, combined with its riverside berths, deep water and rock river bed, put the port in a key position to become a hub for these sectors for construction, operations and maintenance and for decommissioning.

“Our investment also puts Dundee in a position to benefit from offshore renewable projects such as Neart na Gaoithe which has the potential to deliver cost efficient renewable energy and economic benefits for Dundee.

“We are committed to investing in the port to ensure that the infrastructure is in place to support these industries and for the city of Dundee to fully capitalise on the significant opportunities they present.”

Business at the Port of Dundee has grown in the past 12 months, with the port attracting a new general cargo tenant, as well handling and drying a record 60,000 tonnes of barley during harvest 2015, reflecting the importance of the port to the local agricultural sector. 

Renewed interest in Dundee from the passenger cruise sector will also see cruise liner visits to the port increase from six in 2015 to a planned 10 in 2016, with further growth expected upon the opening of the V&A Museum of Design in 2017.

The quayside development at Prince Charles Wharf will free up space within the port to accommodate further growth in these important sectors.