A MULTI-MILLION pound investment in renewed deep water berths is paying off for Montrose Port Authority.
The number of oil and gas-related vessels has doubled since they became operational last summer.
The improved port facilities have also attracted leading Danish oil and gas offshore supply base, logistics and transport operator, Danbor Services, to Montrose.
Company chief executive Kim Christieson this week said Danbor believes the North Sea continues to be a “viable and evolving market” and that Montrose is ideally placed for delivery of the company’s services. Danbor is also planning to expand its Scottish operations in the coming months.
He said: “We are making a major investment in the north east of Scotland and expect to double our workforce in Montrose and Aberdeen in the coming year”. This will mean up to 15 new jobs in the company, which is rapidly expanding, due to a high level of demand for its logistics and storage services.
Mr Christieson added: “The level of service we offer our customers means that we’ve been awarded two major contracts already and have several more projects in the pipeline over the next year. Danbor Services is making a long-term commitment to Montrose, providing new jobs and opportunities.”
The company has already bought a £3million yard, warehouse and office complex in Altens, Aberdeen, and has leased an operations base within Montrose port. Two contracts for long term storage facilities in Montrose have already been secured and additional space is currently being sought.
John Paterson, port authority chief executive, said he believes the new berths have been instrumental in attracting business to Montrose.
He said: “We’re building a reputation as the port of choice for niche oil and gas work, such as handling mooring and anchor refurbishment projects as well as small scale decommissioning, repair and refit projects.
“Beyond oil and gas, we’re actively attracting new users to the port, such as Angus Cereals, who will start exporting barley from the port next month. We’re marking 175 years of the granting of the port’s charter later this year and we’re in great shape for the next 175 years.”