Eyemouth Harbour making waves in offshore renewables service sector

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Eyemouth Harbour is fast becoming seen as a major contender as an offshore renewables industry sector service port.

Last month members of the Eyemouth Harbour Trust and trust business manager Christine Bell were at the Scottish Renewables Offshore Wind Conference and Exhibition in Aberdeen - the largest offshore industry event in Scotland

As well as exhibiting in the main hall Christine Bell participated in the panel of the Ports & Harbours conference session to discuss the current state of Scotland’s ports and harbours and the challenges faced within the offshore sector.

In addition Grahame Sinclair, Eyemouth Harbour Trust chairman delivered a short presentation in the exhibition showcase highlighting the supporting role of a port in the offshore wind sector.

Concluding that the event had been well worth attending, Christine said: “We have made a number of really good contacts over the two days and this event has allowed us to highlight the facilities we have on offer here at Eyemouth as well as the key supporting role that smaller harbours can play within the wider offshore renewable industry.”

Eyemouth Harbour is ideally located, being close to a number of the North Sea’s offshore wind development sites, including Mainstream Renewable Power’s ‘Neart na Gaoithe‘ project and Seagreen’s ‘Firth of Forth’ site, and the trust is actively pursuing opportunities for diversification into the offshore wind industry.

Christine added: “Eyemouth Harbour Trust is very enthusiastic to support the offshore wind industry, we are members of Scottish Renewables and can be seen at a number of key industry events, such as All Energy and Scottish Renewables Offshore Wind events.

“To date, vessels operating in the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind site have made use of the short sailing distance from Eyemouth for early survey work. We are working with 4C Offshore who are the information resource of choice for the offshore industry to advertise the advantages Eyemouth Harbour can offer the offshore wind industry: the port’s facilities and services, transport links and a skilled workforce.”