Eyemouth harbour’s potential in the developing offshore wind industry was on display at Scotland’s largest ever Offshore Wind conference at Aberdeen this week.
The harbour trust’s presence at the exhibition and conference, attended by around 400 renewables industry delegates, is part of their plan to market Eyemouth as an ideal port to support and service the offshore wind farms off the UK’s east coast.
Eyemouth Harbour Trust is marketing the port as Scotland’s ‘First Port of Call’, and business manager, Christine Bell, explained: “Being at the exhibition is part of our marketing strategy to promote Eyemouth Harbour and raise its profile so we get our share of the offshore wind industry sector and it ties in with our overall marketing strategy funded by the European Fisheries Fund.
“This is the first exhibition we have attended and we will be involved in other events in the next 18 months.”
Harbour trust chairman Graham Sinclair, added: “This is a vision of what we have been working for over the last three years - raising our profile and making the industry aware of Eyemouth and what it has to offer.”
Eyemouth harbour’s location close to a number of the North Sea’s offshore wind development sites, including Seagreen’s Firth of Forth site, and the short sailing distance from Eyemouth to the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind site means it has already been used for early survey work.
European Fisheries funding is being used to highlight what the port has to offer the renewables industry: 24 hour a day unrestricted access; a port that is only closed in extreme weather conditions (Gale Force 8 north/ north easterly + heavy swell) and hasn’t been closed since 2010; port side facilities; boatyard with skilled workforce; and easy transport access.
Eyemouth Harbour Trust’s five-year marketing plan was boosted last year by a £43,650 grant from the European Fisheries Fund Axis 4 and Scottish Borders Council, the trust adding £4,850 to their marketing project.
East Berwickshire Councillor Michael Cook said: “This is an important investment. The harbour trust’s plan to develop marketing activity targeted at the offshore renewables sector is an excellent project, and I’m pleased that we have been able to part-finance it with council and EFF funds. “