Cromarty Firth Port Authority (CFPA) have this week announced that phase 2 of their port development is now open for business and are delighted to report that this newly finished extension has welcomed its first cargo delivery since being successfully completed.
The cargo vessel Flinter America arrived in to Invergordon from the port of Ferrol in Spain and has offloaded wind turbine components, destined for the Rothes II wind farm in Moray. This is the first delivery to take advantage of the newly completed extension.
The reactivation of the land as phase 2 of the exciting port development plan represented a significant investment of port funds, in the region of £1million. It also brings major employment opportunities and contributes to the economic regeneration of the region.
Captain Ken Gray, Chief Executive & Harbour Master, commented “We are delighted that the Port Authority has had the opportunity to take forward the development of the port using local contractors. It is exciting to see it fully functioning. The addition of this much needed operational land will hopefully encourage more business to the Port.”
He adds “The Flinter America is a large vessel requiring the significant depth of water available here in the Cromarty Firth. This is an increasing trend and again highlights the strategic importance of the Port to the Highlands.”
Expansion has become essential to the Port. Due to the success of the Invergordon Service Base, demand for the facilities has grown significantly. It is envisaged that demand will continue to grow from both the renewables sector and the oil & gas sector. Ken concludes “It is crucial that facilities are developed to meet these requirements, supporting business and enhancing employment opportunities for the region.”
Notes to Editors:
Port expansion plans will continue in the autumn of 2013, when work commences to reclaim 8 acres of land from the sea, with an additional deep water berth. Representing an investment of approximately £20million, once complete in 2015, this extension should support in the region of 790 operational FTE jobs and a further 177 during construction.
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