Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Scottish Port Looking to Grow as Largest Freight Vessels for Years Dock

Ferry Group Take Over Management and Develop Trade
Shipping News Feature
UK – You wait years for a big delivery then two come along at once. That was the situation last week when two of the largest vessels to visit the Perth Port in recent years docked within 24 hours of each other. Two companies, CalPort whose cargoes these were, and CalMac Ferries, have been working together of late to develop business opportunities and attract different freight types to the Harbour.

The facilities lay some way inland, as the River Tay narrows and both of the recent deliveries were dropping off cargoes of fishmeal, 2,600 tonnes in total. The 1,500 tonne Fri Sky arrived from Norway and her sister ship, the Fri Sun berthed just over 24 hours later sailing from Bremen with the two vessels passing each other on the river near Friarton Bridge where the M90 motorway crosses the Tay.

The port has seen a dramatic increase in traffic since west coast ferry operator CalMac took on the management of the facility on behalf of Perth and Kinross Council and CalMac’s Head of Ports & Harbours, Cameron MacPhail said:

”This is an example of the scale of traffic that could become the norm for Perth in the future. It has the capacity to take on much more and handle increased traffic than it has been recently, and we will continue to develop business to make the Port a real asset for the town’s economy.”

Photo: The 1,500 tonne Fri Sun arrives at Perth Port.