(11 a.m. EST) — A £14 million investment has been confirmed to expand Scotland’s Greenock cruise ship terminal and develop a state-of-the-art visitor facility at the quayside.
The funding was announced on November 24 by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon who said “The port at Greenock provides the gateway to Glasgow and the west coast of Scotland. This proposed investment in the ocean terminal would significantly expand cargo and cruise berthing facilities, creating and supporting local jobs.”
Earlier this year, Greenock became the first Scottish port to receive more than 100,000 cruise passengers in a single year and welcomed the arrival of Queen Mary 2 as part of Cunard’s 175th anniversary celebrations.
Speaking of the investment, Inverclyde Council Leader, Councillor Stephen McCabe, said: “With the expansion of the quayside and development of a new visitor facility, Greenock Ocean Terminal can continue to be a major economic and tourist boost locally in Inverclyde and in Scotland.”
Greenock is a deep water quay and is the port for Glasgow, which is 35 minutes by road or rail. It has no tidal or lock restrictions, and is accessible year-round for ships of all sizes. It is visited by a large number of cruise lines including: Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, MSC Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises, Fred. Olsen Cruise Line, Holland America, Azamara, Cruise & Maritime Voyages and — for the first time this year (2015) — Disney Cruise Line. It is also homeport to Hebridean Cruises, whose one ship, Hebridean Princess, has twice been chartered by HM The Queen.