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Renewables behind busiest period at Port of Ayr for 25 years

Port of Ayr Image copyright ABP
Image caption Port of Ayr handled 10 vessels last week

One of Scotland's largest commercial ports has recorded its busiest week in 25 years, which its owners are putting down to the growth in renewable energy.

A total of 10 vessels called at the Port of Ayr last week - four of which were carrying wind turbine components.

Five of the 10 vessels came through the port on Thursday.

Associated British Ports said the last time Ayr saw this level of activity was when 1.1 million tonnes of open cast coal was exported in 1991.

Port Manager for Ayr and Troon, Stuart Cresswell, said: "Along with our traditional agribulk and mineral business, the wind turbine contracts we have secured this year have provided a fantastic boost to the port and all our local supporting contractors and suppliers."

ABP Short Sea Ports director, Andrew Harston, added: "Following our success in supporting additional cruise calls this year, we are now actively supporting the development of more renewable power in south-west Scotland."

"The location of ABP's Ayrshire ports places them in close proximity to these onshore wind farms.

"The Ports of Ayr and Troon are equipped and ready to work with renewable energy companies to serve their projects."

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