Key Waters to Run Deep for UK’s Largest Whitefish and Pelagic Port

04 May 2017

RPS Belfast’s Ports and Harbours team is acting as Client Designer, PM and Contract Administrator for the largest infrastructure project in the history of Peterhead Port, valued at over £50 million.

RPS’ Port team has been involved from the early stages of the project, which is of strategic importance to the economy in the North East of Scotland as a major player in the fishing oil and gas and decommissioning industries and which has now commenced on site. Peterhead Port Authority (PPA) Chief Executive Ian Laidlaw said: “This allowed us to progress with the £50 million redevelopment of the harbour and the extension and upgrading of the Greenhill fish market. This is our biggest single investment in modern times and ensures Peterhead will remain as Europe’s premier white-fish port.”

The Aberdeenshire port’s ambition to deepen the inner harbours and create a bigger fish market was among 65 Scottish projects sharing an £11.4 million pot announced by Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing earlier this year. As well as creating deep water access to the inner harbours, realignment of key structures will improve access to the inner harbours to facilitate larger and deeper drafted vessels. In particular access will be improved to the proposed new and upgraded fish market in the North Harbour.

The increased capacity and improved facilities at the new market will capitalise on the recent record landings and strong prices seen in recent months. Work commenced in the middle of October 2016 with the project due to be complete in April 2018.

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