The Port of Ayr has secured a new multi-year contract with leading Scottish trader of grains and animal feed raw materials Cefetra Ltd.
Port operator ABP said that the deal further strengthened its position as the agricultural trade centre for the South West of Scotland.
A number of recent ABP investments in infrastructure and port handling equipment helped secure this new contract. These include the construction of the port’s new £2.2M Bute agribulk terminal, as well as new state-of-the-art cranes and wide-ranging improvements to shore side infrastructure.
The new agribulk terminal has begun operations, but will be officially opened at a ceremony later this month.
Andrew Mackay CEO Cefetra Ltd, said: “We are pleased to announce that we will be expanding our operations in Scotland by adding the Port of Ayr as a location. This will enable us to offer our customers in the South West of Scotland a local port to source some of their key raw materials.
“We appreciate the effort and commitment that ABP has shown to Scottish Agriculture by agreeing to provide a first-class, purpose-built, facility that meets all the industry standards and that will allow Cefetra to provide the efficient supply of key raw materials to our customers in the South West of Scotland.”
Built by 3b construction, a Scottish, family-owned company, the new terminal offers 4,000 sq metres of storage space and is expected to enhance the port’s customer offering.
The new deal will also result in an increase in the volumes of animal feed and foodstuffs passing through the port, which in turn is expected to help support South West Scotland’s growing agricultural sector. Currently, the port supports a growing number of customers from the Scottish agricultural sector and it plays an important role in supporting the region’s economy.
Stuart Cresswell, ABP’s port manager at Ayr and Troon, said: “We look forward to strengthening our partnership with Cefetra with this new deal, which represents one of the most significant developments at the port for many years. The development also helps to cement the growing role that the Port of Ayr has been playing in supporting South West Scotland’s farming community.
“Our continuous investments in our ports in Scotland mean that we are equipped with the right facilities and skills to provide our customers with the highest standards of service and help grow the region’s economy.”