Mega works for port

Major works at North Quay of Montrose Port. Photo by Keddie Law
Major works at North Quay of Montrose Port. Photo by Keddie Law

Montrose Port Authority has signed a multi-million pound contract for significant area of the north side berthing to be upgraded by next year.

Construction of a new quay wall at berth seven and a new quay at berth six at the North Quay started on Monday (October 21).

The work is being carried out by Farrans Construction Limited and includes piling, which Montrose Port Authority (MPA) is advising townsfolk can be a noisier than other construction works.

MPA CEO John Paterson said: “The work has been phased to optimise existing berthing for the duration of the project, so disruption should be minimal.”

MPA have reported that the number of oil and gas vessels using the port has more than doubled since the installation of upgraded deep water berths in 2011, with a 112 per cent increase in the number of oil related ships at the port and a 168 per cent rise in the tonnage over the last two years.

Mr Paterson said: “Montrose is a great port for the energy industry. The newer deeper water berths mean ships are easily accommodated for. We work closely with our customers to make sure we provide the kind of service gas and oil companies need.

“We have become the port of choice for a lot of project work, like vessel refurbishment, chain and anchor inspections and decommissioning. It has also become popular with renewable energy companies delivering turbines for offshore wind farms.”

Work on berths six and seven will take around four weeks to complete, with piling taking place between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., but working hours may continue until it is finished.

MPA has also reappointed two board members, Anthony Brady and Alison Daniels, and a new member, James Cargill.