Aberdeen harbour success story continues – Fishupdate.com

Aberdeen harbour success story continues Published:  26 June, 2007

ABERDEEN Harbour’s contribution to the economy of North-east Scotland exceeds £400 million in a year, according to a new report, published today.

The impact on Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire has been calculated at £420 million in 2006, a year of record activity at the port.

The Economic Impact Assessment of Aberdeen Harbour was undertaken by Ove Arup & Partners who were commissioned by Aberdeen Harbour Board.

The research included Board activities and those of the port’s tenants, customers and suppliers.The study estimates that the harbour helps sustain almost 11,000 full-time equivalent jobs – 9,330 in Aberdeen and 1,450 in Aberdeenshire where the share of the financial input is estimated at £50 million.

In line with standard port economic impact study methodology, employment is based on four categories – direct, indirect, catalytic (where port customers or users are in Aberdeen at least partly because of the port) and induced (jobs associated with household expenditure of direct and indirect employees).

With the new study looking at the port’s impact in greater depth, the significantly higher figures are not directly comparable with previous research. Harbour Board Chief Executive, Colin Parker, said: “The findings reflect the considerable efforts of port users in generating record traffic and the harbour’s major role in the North-east economy and community.

“They add weight not only to the importance the Board give to helping sustain and develop activity by providing the right facilities to meet changing requirements, but also to the benefits of being a Trust Port re-investing all profits in the harbour.

“Annual cargo topped five million tonnes for the first time in 2006, with the tonnage of shipping reaching a new high for the eighth year in succession at 23.46 million gross tonnes.Handling a wide range of shipments across various sectors, including the offshore oil and gas industry, general and specialist cargoes, fish, livestock and passengers, the port had direct connections with around 35 countries last year.”

*Recently the harbour board gave the thumbs down to a £3.5million fish market regeneration schem due to falling landings.

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