Harbour Trust seeing fruits of its labours

Gareloch Support Services' new 29 metre 'Shoalbuster' class workboat, 'Tessa F' loading the North Cardinal Buoy
Gareloch Support Services' new 29 metre 'Shoalbuster' class workboat, 'Tessa F' loading the North Cardinal Buoy

Eyemouth Harbour Trust is looking ahead with confidence as the port becomes increasingly popular with offshore renewables vessels and leisure craft.

Significant investment in maintenance and infrastructure by Eyemouth Harbour Trust has improved port facilities in recent months. These include dredging work in the late summer; navigational buoy and lighting aids repaired and repositioned; and new signage to assist visitors and harbour users.

The trust is now beginning to see the fruits of its labours with a number of wind cat survey and turbine transfer vessels using the harbour over the past few months for early survey work and while transiting the east coast.

Trust business manager, Christine Bell said: “We have seen a definite uplift in the number of these type of workboats coming into Eyemouth. It’s really encouraging to see some evidence that our marketing campaign is worthwhile.

“Without the funding from the European Fisheries Fund (Axis 4) we wouldn’t have had the time, resources or budget to target the offshore renewables sector. We hope to see more vessels using the harbour throughout 2015 and beyond.”

Gayle Skelly, marketing executive, added: “We’re in the process of joining the British Marine Federation, the trade association for the UK leisure, small commercial and super yacht industry and we recently became full members of SailScotland.

“Eyemouth now features on the newly redesigned SailScotland website and we are also advertising in their 2015 guide.

“In terms of the cruise ship market we have a German vessel booked to anchor for the day in June this year and we continue to raise our profile and attract smaller cruise vessels to the east Berwickshire coast.

“We have recently attended a wide variety of industry meetings, conferences and events including the British Ports Association – Scottish Ports Committee Meeting and UK Chamber of Shipping Parliamentary Maritime Reception, National Maritime Tourism Strategy workshop, Waterfront Ports and Maritime: Opportunities for UK Ports in the Energy Sector and CruiseScotland members meeting and CruiseForth Annual Summit.”

Eyemouth manager Christine Bell is to be a panel member for the Ports and Harbours conference session at the Scottish Renewables Offshore Wind and Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition on January 27/28 at the AECC, Aberdeen. They will discuss the state of Scotland’s ports and harbours with regard to offshore wind, development plans and the challenges faced. Eyemouth Harbour Trust will also be exhibiting at the conference and exhibition.