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Montrose Port looks to the future with optimism

The following article appeared in The Montrose Review newspaper on 29 January 2016

Despite facing the challenges of the global downturn in the offshore oil and gas sectors, Montrose Port Authority (MPA) is looking to the future with considerable optimism, thanks to its strategy of customer diversification.

Despite the volatility of the offshore energy sector, revenues remain steady and the port is reaping the benefits of major quayside development projects that have seen an investment of around £15m since 2012. This has created additional deepwater berthing space that has proved a major attraction for a wide array of commercial vessels.

A key element of MPA’s growth plans is the forging of key relationships with local businesses so as to broaden its portfolio of specialist services. This has resulted in the port now being the largest base on the east coast of Scotland for the servicing and inspection of anchor chains used by the offshore oil & gas sector. 

An agreement between MPA and ChainCo, which is part of InterMoor, has seen chain inspection services at the port soar in recent years. Such work has been aided by the large operational working space available at Montrose.
In another business alliance, MPA is working closely with metal reprocessor John Lawrie Group in its recycling of redundant oil drilling pipes, with the port providing a convenient base for the transfer of materials.

The port is also benefiting from a new bulk store constructed by Rix Shipping, which will encourage additional commercial traffic. And there was further recent good news for the port when NorSea Group (UK) Ltd won a five-year contract with Wild Well Control for the storage of its emergency response WellCONTAINED System at NorSea Group’s facilities in South Base, Montrose.

Meanwhile, MPA has invested £230,000 in what is believed to be the most efficient quayside water supply system on the east coast of Scotland.  The storage to quayside supply line delivers an impressive 280 tonnes per hour of potable water for ships berthed at Montrose.

Additional investment included the commissioning of the new pilot boat North Esk, replacing the Mare Rosa which has retired after six years’ service at the port.

Nik Scott-Gray, MPA chief executive, said: “We have invested considerably in the port in recent years and we intend to continue to do so in the future. A key priority is to create even more deepwater berthing space and there is about another 300m of quayside that we plan to upgrade at some stage.

“What has particularly impressed me since taking up my role with the port has been the tremendous support of local companies. They key to success lies in cooperation and working together - and I am delighted that this is very much the case at Montrose.”



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