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10 February 2009

STEVENSON DELIGHTED BY MASSIVE INVESTMENT IN PETERHEAD HARBOUR

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the substantial investment being announced by the Scottish Government as part of a £19 million upgrade of Peterhead Harbour. The development will see a new harbour facility built on an unused embankment adjacent to the existing quay, substantially increasing the harbour’s capacity.

The investment will boost the area’s economy by protecting 50 jobs and creating around 100 new posts.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“This is a development of massive significance to Banff & Buchan, securing as it does Peterhead’s position as our biggest fishing port. Given the challenges being faced by the fishing industry, this investment will play a significant part in securing a sustainable future for the industry.

“Once complete, the improved harbour will increase berthing facilities at the harbour and ensure it can cope with the largest, most modern pelagic vessels. I am delighted at the vote of confidence in our fishing industry which this move represents.

“As well as creating new jobs, the new development will see substantial benefits for the local economy and will see Peterhead become one of the best fishing ports in the world.”
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