A key element of the new business plan for Perth Harbour, considered by Councillors in late 2017, came into place on 1 July 2018, with CalMac Ferries Ltd taking on the day to day running of the facility under a five-year contract.
Councillor Chris Ahern, Chair of Perth Harbour Board welcomed the link-up with CalMac: “As part of the proposals in the Perth Harbour Business Plan, putting in place an experienced third party to take on the operational responsibilities for the facility was a key element.
I am optimistic that, through CalMac’s new day-to-day role, the level of business brought through the harbour can be increased and its place within the city’s commercial business operations is enhanced, adding to the vibrancy of Perth and reflecting our location in the centre of Scotland and the easy direct access to trunk roads to all parts of the country. This is a welcome opportunity to work with a major Scottish firm which the Harbour Board has fully got behind and together with the Council, we are focussed on a brighter future for Perth Harbour.”
CalMac Ferries Ltd managing director, Robbie Drummond said:
“We are delighted to be working with Perth & Kinross Council to further develop Perth Harbour as a valuable asset for the city. We see the potential, and will be bringing our experience of running 26 harbours across the west coast to deliver the commercial opportunities that we believe are there to be realised.
This is just the beginning of the latest chapter of CalMac’s ambitious expansion plans. We recently took on the management of Marchwood Military Port in Hampshire on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, and the award of this contract is further evidence of our desire to take our transport operations expertise and expand into new geographic markets.”