Eyemouth’s future role in the offshore renewable energy industry is an opportunity for the port that politicians and local businesses are determined to exploit fully.
Last week, Borders MP Michael Moore, representatives from the Crown Estate, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Borders Council and the Eyemouth Harbour Trust met for the bi-annual ‘Eyemouth Renewables’ meeting.
Councillor Stuart Bell, executive member for economic development, said: “SBC, through the Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG), supports the Eyemouth Harbour Trust’s plans to diversify usage of the harbour.
“FLAG recently approved a grant application from the trust for European Fisheries Fund Axis 4 support to develop a marketing plan focused on the offshore wind sector, and on attracting operations, maintenance and service (OMS) vessels to Eyemouth.
“The OMS sector in the North Sea is expected to grow significantly over the next 15 years and Eyemouth Harbour is well positioned to take advantage of this opportunity.”
MP Michael Moore added: “As a group, Eyemouth Renewables are dedicated to ensuring the local community benefits from the enormous economic potential of this project.
“We discussed specifically how the group may be of assistance to local businesses in advising them on supply chain plans, as well as discussing the new marketing strategy to advertise the excellent opportunities that the port offers for businesses and developers.
“A project such as this provides a huge economic opportunity for our highly skilled skippers, mates’ engineers and crews.”