Girvan harbour trade boosted by major timber delivery

Many of the companies and people involved line up at Girvan Harbour on Monday morning as JST Services Crane prepares to take logs off.
Many of the companies and people involved line up at Girvan Harbour on Monday morning as JST Services Crane prepares to take logs off.

Girvan Harbour was given another major boost on Monday morning when 750 tonnes of logs arrived to be shipped to the industrial estate.

The Red Princess landing craft arrived in Girvan at 7am to begin the process of shipping the logs to Land Energy’s base at the Grangestone Industrial Estate.

This operation follows a similar delivery in July at the harbour and is seen as the first step on bringing more commercial activity back into Girvan Harbour.

Troon based sawmillers and timber frame manufactures Glennon Brothers are leading the efforts and through their Adam Wilson and Sons forestry team, they have already built up a significant relationship with Land Energy, since the company was formed.

This partnership sees Troon Tug Company Ltd, JST Services of Ayr, South Ayrshire Council, Ayrshire Roads Alliance and LandEnergy team up

LandEnergyproduces 60,000 tonnes of wood pellets per year, using locally-sourced sustainable forestry and sawmill co-products. This is sufficient to heat over 15,000 homes. This deal will also enchance Land Energy’s reputation as a low carbon emissions plant and also help to minimise lorry miles on key Ayrshire roads.

Shipping the logs to the industrial estate were JST services of Ayr, run by John Scott who is well known to the people of Girvan.

Jim Wilmer and Sons based at Dailly were also involved in the timbering process.

Alex Murray, Forestry Manager for Glennon Brothers said “This innovative development is an excellent example of partnership working between the public and private sector and we are grateful to all those who have worked with us to reach this milestone.

“Glennon Brothers are delighted to see Girvan Harbour being utilised in this way.

“I’m sure the people of Girvan will be pleased to see this renewed level of activity at the harbour.”

The Red Princess is a recent additionto the Troon Tug Team’s fleet and it can access forests from the shores of Argyll’s sea lochs with minimal shore-based infrastructure. Funding from the Scottish Government’s Strategic Timber Transport Scheme has supported the initial trials of the landing craft sites.

Councillor Alec Clark said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome this vessel in to Girvan Harbour this morning.

“Today we celebrate what we hope will be the first of many visits from this craft carrying much needed wood for Land Energy.

“The whole activity ticks all the green environmental boxes by taking wood from sustainable forests, transporting in a way which helps the environment by taking heavy loads off the roads and contributing to a process which produces an environmentally friendly and efficient fuel.

“It also raises much needed revenue for Girvan Harbour.”

Councillor John McDowall, Chair of the Roads Alliance said: “I’m delighted Glennon Brothers and LandEnergy have realised the potential offered by Girvan Harbour to help drive efficiencies in their business.

“South Ayrshire Council have invested over £1 million in developing the harbour since 2013, recently opened new, modern rest facilities for harbour fishermen and pontoon users. This clearly demonstrates our full commitment to Girvan as a must visit location and a working harbour and I wish Glennon Brothers and LandEnergy every success, as the firms make Girvan harbour a key part of their operation”

Tom Tryon, Fibre Buyer for LandEnergy said: “Having Girvan harbour now open to timber deliveries gives us a great foundation for Land Energy’s development in Girvan. Securing fibre to support our operations while reducing truck movements on the A77 offers immediate social, environmental and economic benefits underpinning our ethos of sustainable green energy. We are looking forward to establishing this delivery route for the years to come.”

Councillor Alec Oattes added: “I welcome this investment in Girvan Harbour involving local companies JST and LE and hope that it is the sign of more investment to come.”