The Port of Inverness enjoyed a record breaking year in 2018/19 according to its recently published annual report.
Turnover for the financial year ending March 2019 was £1.839 million, resulting in a surplus of £403,000.
During the year the Port handled a total of 758,575 tonnes of cargo, up 20% on the previous year.
Angus Mackenzie, Chairman of Inverness Harbour Trust, said: “Many milestones were reached during the past financial year, with the Port handling its highest ever number of complete wind turbines – 72 in total - which were brought in by ship and transported by lorry to the Dorenell and Tom nan Clach wind farms in Moray.
“Inverness is a trust port which means we have no shareholders and all our profits are ploughed back into improving the Port for our users. This makes it particularly pleasing to have had such a successful year and we look forward to continuing to uphold our reputation for excellent service and facilities.”
The Port handled its heaviest ever lift at the North Longman Quay with two 193 tonne transformers destined for the Tomatin substation and transported to site by specialist 85 metre long trailers.
Cruise ship visits to the Port also increased with the Variety Voyager, a 68m expedition cruise ship, using Inverness as its northern base for the whole summer season, resulting in 5 turnaround visits.
Throughout the year, the Port also continued to develop plans for a Maritime Heritage Trail, to improve connectivity with the city centre.
Issued by Jenny MacPherson on behalf of the Port of Inverness
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