Peterhead Port receives share of £1.8 million funding pot

Peterhead is one of 20 ports and harbours to receive a share of a £1.8 million fund after losing income from landing fees due to the disruption caused by Brexit.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 8:17 am
Peterhead Port is receiving funding to carry out a range of improvements.

The funding provided to Peterhead Port will be used for various improvements, ranging from collection and disposal of waste from fishing fleet to quay cleaning.

The funding was announced by Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing ahead of the third meeting of the Scottish Seafood Exports Taskforce where he called on the UK Government to improve collaboration on border and customs process for the EU.

Limited, complex guidance and the requirement to use multiple systems for catch and export certification and customs controls is leading to a number of EU vessels choosing to land into other countries like Norway, Denmark and Ireland.

EU flagged vessels accounted for around seven per cent of all landings by value into Scottish ports in 2019 and were worth £35.5 million.

Mr Ewing said: “Ports and harbours are the lifeblood of many of our coastal communities up and down the country.

"As a result of the botched Brexit deal and through no fault of their own, many are losing key landing fees from vessels and need this essential investment.

"Previously we committed £1 million but I am pleased to be able to increase this to £1.8 million so we can provide even more funding to our ports and harbours and support jobs and livelihoods in our coastal communities.

"We’ve been working closely with the British Ports Association on this support and the ports and harbours will be able to start essential works immediately.”

The funding has been welcomed by Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson.

He said: “This is necessary investment to help mitigate against the very real impact of Brexit for the fishing communities across the north-east of Scotland.

“Many are losing key landing fees from vessels and, as a result, essential investment they need for business.”

Peterhead SNP Councillor Stephen Smith added: “I’m pleased to see Peterhead and other North-east ports benefit from this funding announcement. Peterhead Port is fundamental to the town’s prosperity.”