Ensuring the ports and harbours of the North-east have the capacity to grow and exploit the opportunities created by oil and gas has been identified as a key priority for ACSEF.
This follows the designation of the North-east cluster of ports as an important part of the National Renewables Infrastructure Plan and a recent Scottish Enterprise update to the ACSEF Board on the demands the oil and gas sector is placing on Scotland’s port infrastructure.
Commenting, ACSEF Chairman Colin Crosby said: “Increasing demand stimulated by a thriving marine energy sector has already begun to support significant growth plans at Aberdeen Harbour and the other north-east ports which ACSEF is keen to see realised.
“We need to work together to make sure our marine infrastructure is fit for purpose for the future and guarantee the region can continue to complete globally. We also want to ensure we maximise the economic growth potential for both the north-east and Scotland overall.”
“To maximise the economic benefit of proposed investment in port infrastructure, there also needs to be enhancements made to onshore transport and utilities infrastructure.
“ACSEF will help and fully support our ports to work together collaboratively with Scottish Enterprise, local authorities and Scottish Government to bring this to fruition.”