Glasgow-based Malin Group has acquired a large brownfield site on the bank of the river Clyde to support its goal of bringing marine design and build projects back to Glasgow.
The 47-acre site is located upriver of the Erskine bridge on the north bank of the Clyde, and was previously a Royal Navy oil storage facility which suffered extensive damage during the second world war.
John MacSween, managing director of Malin Group said: “The heritage of the Clyde is something we should be rightly proud of. We ourselves have been working on the River in the shipping industry for over 100 years. But there is a need to be looking to the future as well to ensure the long-term success of the Clyde as a maritime centre of excellence.
“There are already great examples of this in the form of what is being done at BAE Systems and Ferguson Marine in the shipbuilding sector. Training and ship-management too are very well represented and the Department of Naval Architecture at Strathclyde University is a world class centre for research and learning in the marine sector. What we are hoping to achieve at our Carless site is to compliment these activities and bring other clients, companies and interests to the region. Our local harbour authority is doing excellent work in keeping our river open and navigable. We should be doing all we can to support them by attracting more marine business to the area.
We are looking to create a Marine Technology Hub which brings together providers of research, skills development, design, manufacturing and practical marine operational and logistics experience in a location that has complimentary facilities backed by direct access to the deepwater channel of the river Clyde.
“We are delighted to have Scottish Enterprise as a partner in pushing this venture forward and excited about the possible impact it could have both on this part of the Clyde, and Scotland as a whole.”
Adrian Gillespie, managing director, Scottish Enterprise, said: "We are delighted to hear about Malin’s ambitious and visionary plans to revitalise the former Carless Oil Refinery site in West Dunbartonshire. We look forward to working with the company to support their plans.”