Greenock Ocean Terminal gears up for record cruise ship year
One of Scotland’s main cruise ports is set to experience its busiest year since records began. Greenock Ocean Terminal has 91 cruise liners booked into the Inverclyde town’s new dedicated pontoon across 2023 – a rise of over 25 per cent on last year. As many as 150,000 passengers and 38,000 crew members are expected to pass through the port over the course of this year. It’s more good news for the terminal in its second full season since Covid effectively closed down the cruise industry. Jim McSporran, Clydeport Port Director at Peel Ports said: “We’re extremely proud to be announcing a record cruise year for Greenock Ocean Terminal. “Welcoming cruise liners to Greenock is a hugely important aspect of our port offering and we’re delighted that we continue to attract and grow cruise numbers to the region. “This increase in tourism will benefit visitor attractions and businesses across Inverclyde and central Scotland, and we look forward to welcoming these visitors across the season.” “In an effort to showcase the port as the cruise gateway to the West Coast of Scotland, this year we are also investing in a promotional campaign to feature at the global cruise industry’s key annual gathering in the U.S.” Councillor Stephen McCabe, leader of Inverclyde Council, said: “The cruise sector here in Inverclyde continues to go from strength to strength and I’m delighted that this year is set to be the busiest yet with record numbers of ships and passengers, as well as a substantial number of crew visiting these shores. “It’s timely that with 2023 shaping up to be a bumper year for cruise calls that the finishing touches are being put on our new state-of-the-art Greenock cruise ship visitor centre which will provide our guests from around the world with a first class welcome to Inverclyde and the west coast of Scotland.
Greenock terminal to get new berthing facility and visitor centre
nverclyde Council plans to build a new £15 million (US$19.4 million) berthing facility and visitor centre at Greenock Ocean Terminal in Inverclyde, Scotland. To be funded by the Glasgow City Region Deal, the new berthing facility will boost Greenock’s capacity to handle cruise ships and enable operator Peel Ports to handle more than 150,000 cruise passengers per year. Forecasts suggest that this could generate an additional £26 million in annual revenue for the Scottish economy.
Greenock Welcomes Its Largest Ever Container Vessel
Scotland’s deepest container terminal last week welcomed the largest container vessel ever to berth at the port. Greenock Ocean Terminal hosted the 267m MSC POHORJE, which has a capacity of 4,045 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units), for 28 hours. The stopover saw the Clydeport team load 500 TEUs of Scottish spirits destined for Le Havre, France. Andrew Hemphill, Port Director, Peel Ports Clydeport said: “This is a fine example of how our connections with Liverpool are adding real value to our customers who are experiencing an increase in export demand. “The new deep-water Liverpool2 container terminal is opening up a lot of exciting options for importers and exporters. As part of the Peel Ports Group we’re ideally placed to offer those benefits to businesses in Scotland.Upload News