The greenest port

How do you build a brand new port with virtually no environmental impact on the landscape? One solution is to make it float.

A proposed container terminal at Scapa Flow in Orkney could be the world’s greenest port, with major reductions in deep-sea and feeder ship CO2 emissions and significant use of locally- generated renewable energy. And as the concept is based on a large storage vessel fitted with cranes and working as a floating terminal, the landside impact will be minimal.

The Floating Container Storage and Transhipment Terminal (FCSTT) idea was developed by researchers and maritime business experts at Edinburgh Napier’s Transport Research Institute

Orkney Islands Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and private business Orcades Marine Management have taken up the initiative, which is expected to cost between £40 and £70 million – a major investment but a fraction of the cost of developing a traditional port.

Scotland could benefit from substantial extra income through storage, distribution and selling of goods. Local industries like whisky and seafood will also become more competitive,said Professor Alf Baird.

The project has now been included in the University’s contribution to the TEN-TaNS project. This vast EU-wide infrastructure initiative has a budget of €26 billion to develop transport networks across the continent and beyond.

Interested in this research? Contact Prof Baird