Fraserburgh Harbour Newsletter – Autumn Edition

Welcome to the first of our quarterly newsletters!

As Fraserburgh Harbour’s most ambitious project – the Harbour Masterplan – progresses and we announce the appointment of maritime civil engineering specialist, Arch Henderson, to undertake the Masterplan Technical study, it’s important that we keep you informed on developments, as well as our work in the community and further afield. Read on to find out more…

Harbour Stakeholder Group – CALL FOR MEMBERS

We are making good progress on the Masterplan and the next 18 months are crucial. There will be opportunities for everyone in the community to give feedback on the proposals.

We still have a lot to do. It is critical that we also understand the level of support around the Harbour for the project so, as a significant stakeholder in the harbour, we also want to hear from you if you are in support of the Masterplan!

The Outline Business Case was robust and shows categorically that the Fraserburgh Harbour Masterplan is an economically viable project. But it’s also really important that we come together to show decision makers that this is something we believe in, that we want for Fraserburgh and that it WILL bring benefits for our maritime industries and your businesses. It will create jobs and opportunities.

If you are interested in supporting us with this then we would be pleased to hear from you. We would like to set up a Harbour Stakeholder Group with representatives from all sectors within the Harbour. Whether you are a vessel owner, are focused on engineering, refrigeration, navigation, painting, or any other business operating in and around Fraserburgh Harbour, or are using the facilities whether that is for landing or to carry out work on boats, then we would greatly appreciate your support. The work involved will not be onerous but would include:

* An initial group meeting or one-to-one discussion with Pamela Neri, Harbour Development Manager.

* Being vocal in your support for the Masterplan – for example either by writing letters of support or lobbying your local MSP and MP etc.

* Engaging with us to feedback on the proposals as a Harbour user and member of the community.If you feel you could contribute to this landmark project by giving your support as a Stakeholder Group member, please contact Pamela at 

Engaging the Next Generation

The Masterplan has many aspects to it, but fundamentally, it’s about safeguarding the Harbour’s future for the benefit of the next generations and the area in which they live.

Throughout the year, Fraserburgh Harbour works closely with Fraserburgh Academy and North East Scotland College (NESCol) to raise awareness of the Harbour as a potential employer, and of the employment opportunities that the Masterplan proposals will bring.

At the Academy, we’re working with to target those who will be leaving school in future years with Harbour visits, parents’ information, integrating industry examples in lesson plans and so on. We also host visits from the school, as well as work experience pupils. The Academy will also develop curriculum pathways with future industry mapping information, apprenticeships and work placements with the Port.

NESCol envisages the Harbour as providing a funnel for students in STEM subjects; for example, there is going to be high demand for welders in Scotland – and in Fraserburgh, there is already the knowledge and courses available to train them. There will also be career opportunities in tourism, hospitality, business administration and marketing.

Political Conversations

As the development plans for the Harbour continue to gather pace, it’s important that we’re engaging with those in politics who can help ensure our plan becomes a reality.

We’re in regular contact with our local MPs and MSPs, as well as relevant Holyrood and Westminster Ministers, explaining to them the benefits of the Masterplan, and the long-lasting impact it will have on the town and area from a social and economic perspective.

So far this year, we’ve already had meetings with, or welcomed to the Harbour, several of them including Karen Adam MSP, Liam Kerr MSP, David Duguid MP and Douglas Ross MP, as well as taking the opportunity to catch up with them at relevant industry events, including the Skipper Exhibition (where we discussed plans with Mairi Gougeon – Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands) and Offshore Europe.

Happening at the Harbour

As usual, there has been plenty going on at the Harbour over the past few months…

* We welcomed a delegation of visitors from Japan, keen to learn from us how fishing and offshore wind industries can work together from one port.

* We introduced our e-cargo bike to the Harbour, and it’s become a familiar site as it goes the full length and breadth of the Harbour regularly, taking meter readings.

* Working with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency and Scottish Environment Protection Agency, we made sure our Oil Spill Contingency Plan was up-to-date.

Old Friends, New Builds

These handsome new vessels are a reflection of the extreme hard work undertaken by those who berth at Fraserburgh and it’s been a real pleasure to welcome four new builds to the Harbour over the past year or so. Pictured are the Daystar FR 86, the Excel BF 110, the Day Dawn FR 90, and the Zenith BF 106.