The Scottish Transport Minister Humza Yousaf MSP attended the launch of a new brochure produced by the Scottish ports industry at the British Ports Association’s Scottish Ports Group in Glasgow.
‘Scottish Ports: Gateways for Growth’ provides insightful information about Scottish ports, demonstrating what they do and the value they provide. It was produced in conjunction with Scotland’s enterprise bodies, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise, following the work the organisations were involved in last year in respect of Scottish Energy Ports and their capabilities.
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said:
“Our ports are crucial gateways, supporting many of our vital industries, and the ‘Scottish Ports: Gateways for Growth’ brochure highlights the significant impact they make to the regional and national economies.
“The Scottish Government will continue to work closely with the industry to emphasise its importance, and to explore opportunities and challenges for investment and jobs growth. We will also use the industry’s knowledge and experience to help inform the development of the National Transport Strategy, as well as the Strategic Transport Projects Review.”
Welcoming the publication at today’s Scottish Ports Group meeting, Lorna Spencer, Chair of the Scottish Ports Group, commented:
“Scottish ports are fundamental to the Scottish and UK economies. This document and initiative highlights the unique role Scottish ports play, not only in providing a base for trade and employment, but in connecting communities. Ports provide the landside gateways for Scottish trade as well as acting as a hub for vital industries such as offshore energy, fishing and the cruise sectors. It is estimated that each year Scottish ports contribute £1.9bn in gross value added to the economy”.
The document includes sections on port ownership and governance in Scotland, port activities, safety and sustainable development. It details various port sectors and activities in Scotland which include cargo, ferries, shipbuilding and repair, cruise, leisure and tourism. The document also has particular focus on the support ports provide to Scotland’s vital energy sector which includes decommissioning, oil and gas, and offshore renewables.
The Scottish Ports Group has an excellent working relationship with Transport Scotland and the Scottish Government. The document includes a number of priorities which the Group will be continuing to discuss with the Scottish Government.
The ports industry plays an important role in investing in infrastructure projects to keep trade moving. However it does rely on both national and local government to provide good hinterland road and rail connections and the industry has included some asks in the document. There are also some points on the terrestrial and marine planning systems and consenting processes in respect of sustainable development. In the run up to Brexit, this important sector is calling for further recognition.