The first ship arrived in the Port of Inverness with wind farm components to herald the start of what will be to be a very busy time for the Port of Inverness. The MV Wilson Caen docked in the port from Emden in Holland with the first cargo of wind farm machinery for the Corriegarth Wind Farm just south of Inverness.
Commenting Sinclair Browne, Chief Executive at the port said, “This is the start of a very busy period for us here at the port. Over the next 3/4 months we are expecting 31 ships to arrive with wind farm components.”
It is understood that the machinery is destined for wind farms at Corriegarth, Moy and Dumnaglass, all located just to the south of the city.
Sinclair continued, “On top of these additional ships arriving we have our usual business to handle and our regular port users appear to be busy as well. In comparison with last year, there has been a 20% increase in the number of ship visiting the port over the first 4 months of 2015. “
The decision taken to expand the port facilities a few years ago is definitely starting to pay off as previously it would not have been possible to accommodate these cargos given the restricted space. The port is one of the oldest businesses in the city and can trace their records back to the 13th Century.
“Our first class facilities are definitely a major benefit as well as the port’s close proximity to users and markets. The Port of Inverness is now recognised as a major player in the renewables market.” concludes the chief executive.