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    Vessels mobilised for Port of Cromarty expension project

    Projects and Operations // April 14, 2014

    Dredging vessels and tugs have mobilised ahead of the £25 million Port of Cromarty Firth expansion at Invergordon.
     
    Vessels recently started to berth in the port in what marks the first stage of an 18 month programme of works. The expansion project will see the Port of Cromarty Firth reclaim 9 acres of land from the sea and create an additional deep water berth.

    Recent announcements have demonstrated the level of interest the port has created internationally across the oil and gas sector and demand is high amongst companies for operational space.

    Dredging will be starting to the west of the existing Queens Dock.  Over the next month 21,000 cubic metres of silt and mud will be removed from the sea bed, peeling back the transient layers of the Firth to reach a solid foundation upon which to build the expansion.
     
    The CEO of Port of Cromarty Firth, Bob Buskie, said “This is a crucial step in ensuring the expansion project remains on target. All dredging activity in the Cromarty Firth must halt between the months of May – September, to protect the species of Dolphins, Seals and Porpoise that are at home in these waters.”
     
     “We’ve employed independent environmental consultants, Affric Ltd, to work with us for the duration of the construction works, to ensure that there is minimal disruption to the local community and to ensure we meet our environmental responsibilities.”
     
    “The expansion project is essential to ensure that the Port of Cromarty Firth and the Invergordon Service Base can continue to compete in an increasingly competitive and international market. This is good news for the communities who make their living directly and indirectly from port activities.
     
    The expansion is due to be completed in the summer of 2015 and it is expected to support may full time employment opportunities.
     
    He added:  “Additionally, we have allocated a dredging and works licence to Nigg Energy Park, also located in the Port of Cromarty Firth, to enable them to commence their own quayside development.  Dredging work has also commenced this week.”
     
    The Port of Cromarty Firth is holding public exhibitions on the 22nd April, 5-7pm at the Invergordon Arts Centre and Thursday 24th April, 4-7pm, at Resolis Memorial Hall, where local residents are invited to find out more.

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