Fraserburgh Harbour Newsletter – Winter Edition

As 2023 draws to a close, find out what’s been happening with us!

New Faces at the Harbour

Over the past couple of months, we’ve been delighted to welcome some new faces including:

Board Commissioner, Neil Cowie 
The development of the Harbour has the potential to safeguard and create thousands of jobs across many different industries, and when it comes to ensuring the right skills are available at the right time, Neil who is Principal and Chief Executive of North East Scotland College, is there to advise us. Having spent the past 34 years working in public service across the north east, in both social housing and further education, he has an excellent understanding of the region and how important the opportunities inherent in our Harbour Development Masterplan are to the development of the town and wider area. 

Assistant Harbour Master, Michael Buchan 
Commenting on his appointment, our new Assistant Harbour Master, Michael, said: “There’s a dynamic environment here with significant progress and transformative developments outlined in the Masterplan. The potential positive impact on the region and local industries, be it in renewable energy or fishing, is truly exciting. I am thrilled to contribute to the realisation of the Harbour Masterplan and its transformational effects.”
Fraserburgh Producers’ Market at the Harbour

It’s been great to host the past two Fraserburgh Producers’ Markets in fish market two, and we’ve enjoyed seeing so many happy faces browsing amongst the stalls!

We’ve also been pleased to hear how well received the venue has been by the stall holders and the public. As a location sheltered from the elements, it’s been an ideal spot for November and December’s markets, and both were packed with pre-Christmas shoppers looking for pressies (or treats for themselves!)

Harbour Development Manager, Pamela, and Board Commissioner Councillor Doreen Mair attended November’s fair (pictured below), as it was a perfect opportunity to speak to lots of people about our Masterplan. 
We talked about how we envisage it impacting the town and region, and how we’re working with the Fraserburgh Beach Vision & Masterplan. We also gave those we spoke to the opportunity to keep up-to-date with all our news by signing up to this newsletter. 
Port Visitors 

Last month, Judy Whyte (pictured below with Commissioner Doreen Mair), the Provost of Aberdeenshire Council visited us to find out more about Harbour developments. Following her visit she also helped us spread the word about Aberdeenshire Gift Cards, which are designed to keep money in Aberdeenshire longer, boosting local businesses, providing economic stimulus, protecting jobs and building stronger communities. We’ve purchased them as raffle prizes for the Skipper Exhibition in the past and can’t recommend them highly enough. 

It was great to welcome a well-happit-up Marine Directorate Licensing Operations team to Fraserburgh on a somewhat chilly and blustery day! We spent time discussing the Harbour Masterplan with them and next steps as we progress through the processes required for Marine Licence Consent.

We’re always pleased to hear about economic development in the area, and so were delighted to welcome Steve Marr, Seafood Transformation Project Manager at ONE Opportunity North East to Fraserburgh to hear about his work with the local processing sector to grow productivity and capacity.

Navigating the Future – the British Ports Association

In October, we attended the British Ports Association annual conference, entitled “Navigating the Future.”

Nothing could be more relevant to us, and so we were delighted to have Harbour Development Manager, Pamela Neri (pictured below), feature on the “Commercialising Ports: New Business Opportunities” panel. 

Discussing Fraserburgh Harbour’s diversification journey – and giving the smaller port’s perspective – Pamela spoke about the fundamental importance of having created a masterplan in order to optimise the commercial opportunities that are available right now and for decades to come, on Fraserburgh’s doorstep. 

She also discussed the potential of smaller ports up and down the UK, and the coastal communities that could benefit from the income and long term, sustainable jobs that diversification can bring. 

Thanks to the BPA for inviting us on to the agenda of another excellent conference.
Harbour Guiding Principles 

This month, we’re introducing the Harbour’s Guiding Principles, which communicate our vision and mission to all those associated with the Harbour on a day-to-day basis. Developed in conjunction with our staff, the Guiding Principles help inform our decisions and future plans in line with the values we hold as an organisation. 

They focus on:
Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility: every investment, long term decision and business development activity takes into consideration Net Zero, decarbonisation and our environment.

Health and Safety: we provide leadership and commitment to health and safety at work with a vision of zero harm.People: we support each other to do the right things and do things right.

Ethics and Integrity: the decisions we make must be ethical and in line with our own Constitution and the Trust Port Guidelines.

Commercial Viability: we endeavour to create a thriving port which supports vessel owners, tenants, traders and supply chain.

Long-term perspective: as guardians and custodians of a harbour which is integral to our community, it is our duty to take care of the business and the infrastructure for long term, sustainable prosperity.