New port in Scotland to support wind industry

UK: A new port that will serve the wind industry in Scotland has opened in Grangemouth, 40 kilometres west of Edinburgh.

Collett has opened a new port in Grangemouth, Scotland

Collett & Sons’ heavy lift and port facility will be a central hub for importing wind turbine components in Scotland.

The new depot, which may also support Scotland's future offshore wind industry, will feature a 110 tonne gantry crane with other heavy duty handling equipment, which will all be fully operational in January 2014.

The depot has its own quayside facility and the use of Grangemouth Port, which will provide a range of services including discharging vessels, cranes, lifting, handling, storage, maintenance and transport of turbines.

David Collett, Collett’s managing director, said: "For our operational capabilities, there’s nowhere better than Grangemouth. Its strategic location allows us to serve all of our customers who need specialist lifting, handling and transport services right across Scotland from quay to site."

A spokesperson for Collett said there are plans to support the offshore wind industry too.

Collett carries out transport, shipping and project management of wind turbines and plans to increase its fleet size and transport operations over the next year.

It will expand its current headquarters in Halifax, West Yorkshire, and its port facility in Goole, Yorkshire, to help the co-ordination between its ship, port, crane and transport operations in England and Scotland.