Overall, it was one of the busiest weeks in Ayr in a generation, with 10 vessels calling at the port - four of those for renewable energy projects. The last time the port saw this level of activity was when 1.1 million tonnes of open cast coal was exported through Ayr in 1991.
Today, as the UK energy industry transitions to renewable energy sources, the boost in ship numbers has been a result of growing demand to serve wind farm projects underway in the south-west of Scotland.
Thursday’s record day saw the port become a hub of activity with five ships calling in Ayr, each accommodating different cargoes such as onshore wind turbine components, coal exports and timber discharge.
Port Manager for Ayr and Troon Stuart Cresswell said:
“Along with our traditional agribulk and mineral business, the wind turbine contracts we have secured this year have provided a fantastic boost to the port and all our local supporting contractors and suppliers.”
ABP Short Sea Ports Director Andrew Harston said:
“Following our success in supporting additional cruise calls this year, we are now actively supporting the development of more renewable power in south-west Scotland.The location of ABP’s Ayrshire ports places them in close proximity to these onshore wind farms. The Ports of Ayr and Troon are equipped and ready to work with renewable energy companies to serve their projects.”
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