Plans for a major investment in Stornoway were raised in the Scottish Parliament today following an exchange between Scottish Conservative MSP Donald Cameron and the Transport Secretary Michael Matheson.
The investment, which comes in the form of a new deep water port by the Stornoway Port Authority, was highlighted by the Highlands and Islands MSP as part of a wider question as to what support is being offered to help ports across the country expand and attract new business.
The Stornoway Port Authority published details of their 20-year Master Plan in December 2018, and indicated that it has begun the process of seeking a Harbour Revision Order, as well as other licences from Marine Scotland to undertake the work.
The Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said in response to Donald Cameron that “we are engaged with a number of different parties in those ports in order to look at what further assistance can be provided. In relation to the port in Stornoway, we will give consideration to that and work in partnership with the local authority and the port authority.”
Donald Cameron MSP said:
“There is clearly a huge opportunity for Stornoway to develop a port which will allow larger cruise ships to berth, and will in turn be a boost for the economy of the wider islands.
It is important that the Scottish Government gets fully behind this project, and indeed assists other ports in taking advantage of new business opportunities.
I welcome the positive message from the minister today, and hope that all local politicians can work together alongside the Port Authority to ensure that these plans come to fruition.”