THE Scottish economy is set to benefit from £26 million annually from the development of Greenock Ocean Terminal, according to Peel Ports Group.
The Glasgow City Region Deal Cabinet approved a contribution of £9.693 million in June, towards the overall cost of £19.193 million development which is scheduled for completion in 2020.
The balance of the marine and landside works will be paid for by Greenock Ocean Terminal operator Peel Ports (£8 million) and the George Wyllie Foundation via arts funder the Dunard Trust (£1.5 million)
The developments of the cruise berth come alongside the build of a visitor centre, restaurant with panoramic views across the river Clyde and a gallery celebrating the work of Inverclyde artist George Wylie.
Andrew Hemphill, Peel Ports Clydeport port director said, “The confirmation of City Deal funding comes as the Terminal celebrates its 50th birthday. This overall investment is crucial to the remarkable growth of cruise traffic to Greenock, allowing us to create a welcoming and comfortable environment for passengers. Year on year, we are building a major cruise business on the Clyde and, thanks to the success of Greenock Ocean Terminal, more people than ever are taking a cruise to Scotland.
“Who, 50 years ago, would have anticipated the level of success we’ve had in bringing the world’s biggest container and cruise ships to Greenock? Now we are about to expand our capability further to attract thousands more visitors every year with the new development, up to 150,000 cruise passengers annually. It’s fantastic news for Inverclyde and for Scotland.”
Inverclyde council leader Stephen McCabe added, “The project is part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal and aims to boost the capacity at Greenock Ocean Terminal for cruise ships. The addition of a restaurant and Wyllie Gallery will help to provide a year-round attraction for visitors to Greenock and Inverclyde.
“As a key City Deal project, the new visitor centre at Greenock Ocean Terminal aims to make a significant contribution to economic growth and international tourism across the wider city region area.”