River Clyde marine industry park clears planning hurdle
October 7 2019
Proposals to build a marine manufacturing park on the banks of the River Clyde at Old Kilpatrick have cleared a major planning hurdle after West Dunbartonshire Council gave its consent to phase one of the project.
The Scottish Marine Technology Park is being led by Malin Group who intend to build a deep-water jetty, ship hoist and fabrication facility on a 47 acre former oil storage depot within the shadow of the Erskine Bridge.
Malin Group managing director John MacSween commented: "We have been working in the shipping industry for well over 100 years and have a passion for the river and its history, but there is a need to be looking to the future to ensure the long-term success of the Clyde as a maritime centre of excellence.
“There are already great examples of this in the form of what is being done at BAE Systems and, despite its issues, at Ferguson Marine in the shipbuilding sector. Training and ship-management too are very well represented and the Department of Naval Architecture at Strathclyde University is a world class centre for research and learning in the marine sector.”
Old Kilpatrick benefits from access to a deep-water channel via an 80m long quayside berth which have ensured the land is designated for industrial use.
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