Forth Ports to invest £10m to construct quayside at Port of Dundee

18 February 2016 (Last Updated February 18th, 2016 18:30)

British port operator Forth Ports is planning to invest more than £10m to build a new quayside fitted with a 'heavy lift' capability along with an onshore operational area at the Port of Dundee.

Port of Dundee

British port operator Forth Ports is planning to invest more than £10m to build a new quayside fitted with a ‘heavy lift’ capability along with an onshore operational area at the Port of Dundee.

The quayside, to be built at the East end of the port, will connect to the existing Prince Charles Wharf.

The 200m long quay will offer heavy lift capability outfitted with an ultra-heavy lift pad at one end.

It will be responsible for managing marine projects such as offshore anchor and chain servicing, which require a strong quayside, and offshore wind turbine assembly and deployment activities, as well as operations and maintenance.

It is believed that the quayside will enable the port to reap the benefits from future North Sea oil and gas decommissioning projects.

The 80t structure will add the option of berthing and land capacity among the facilities offered by the Port of Dundee.

The construction is said to leverage on the Port of Dundee’s strategic location at the vicinity of the proposed offshore wind farm developments in the Forth and Tay Estuaries.

The port will also witness the construction of a deep-water berth and a land area measuring 60 acres to facilitate large cargo handling to cater to the growing demand of the emerging North Sea industry sectors.

Forth Ports chief executive Charles Hammond 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.

"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."

"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."

The construction process is said to start immediately and is expected to be completed within 18 months.


Image: An image of the Port of Dundee. Photo: courtesy of forthports.