MONTROSE Port Authority marked the opening of its latest facilities by welcoming a giant offshore crane to the harbour.
It was offloaded on Thursday at the port’s purpose-built quayside transit fabrication, assembly and dismantling area on South Quay which was completed just two weeks ago.
Owners TAQA Bratani, the UK subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, is the facility’s first user.
Manufactured in Holland, the pedestal crane will be assembled at Montrose before being shipped out to the company’s Cormorant Alpha platform in the North Sea.
Montrose Port Authority John Paterson said: “This project demonstrates the capability of the port at Montrose to offer versatile new facilities to accommodate specific requirements of the offshore oil and gas industry alongside more traditional marine freight operations.
“Taqa Bratani has enlisted the support of logistics company Danbor Services, a subsidiary of the Danish Maersk group, who have recently taken up occupation of transit warehouse and open storage facilities adjacent to the deep water berths and this is the first such venture for that company.
“It is an important development for the port and is a step towards the rejuvenation of the area.”
The assembly and decommissioning service now offered by the harbour is not carried out at Aberdeen although is at Peterhead and Dundee. Mr Paterson said the port is looking more to “niche” work which he said will have spin-offs to the wider Angus economy.
Work to remove the crane components from the ship on which they were brought in to Montrose, before they were laid out for assembly, was carried out by a local haulage firm and two cranes hired by TAQA.
The new facility complements the continuing £8million investment to provide two deep water berths at the harbour’s South Quay.