Deal brings wind of change to Grangemouth port

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A new partnership between Forth Ports and heavy transport firm Collett and Sons will bring a breath of fresh air to the wind energy industry.

The two-year partnership will see logistics specialist Collett situate its new heavy lift and port facility at the Port of Grangemouth, the three acre site acting as the company’s Scottish headquarters to provide a central hub in Scotland for importing wind turbine components.

Nik Scott-Gray, Forth Ports business development manager, said: “We are delighted to be the home of Collett’s new Scottish HQ, providing an operational base which we hope will house an effective and efficient partnership. Our location on the east coast of Scotland provides a strong location for Collett’s varied and extensive shipping activities.”

The new Grangemouth depot will feature a 110-tonne gantry crane along with other heavy duty handling equipment, which will all be fully operational by January.

The depot will have its own quayside facility as well as the full use of The Port of Grangemouth and will provide a range of services including discharging vessels, stevedoring, cranes, lifting, handling, storage, maintenance and transport of the turbines.

David Collett, managing director for Collett, said: “For our operational capabilities, there’s nowhere better than Grangemouth. Its strategic location allows us to serve all of our customers who need specialist lifting, handling and transport services right across Scotland from quay to site.”

It is hoped the new depot at Grangemouth will serve Scotland and England, complementing Collett’s headquarters in Halifax, West Yorkshire, and its heavy lift and port facility in Goole, which has handled the transportation of over 300 wind turbines since it opened in 2008.