Aberdeen Harbour will be at the heart of the UK’s energy transition, according to the business’s new Chief Executive, Bob Sanguinetti.
The opportunities for the expanded port and the regions it serves are “vast” and “transformational”, he said.
Mr Sanguinetti joins Aberdeen Harbour Board this week from the UK Chamber of Shipping. His role as Chief Executive will oversee one of the most pivotal points in the port’s history, as the £350 million South Harbour expansion commences operations.
Mr Sanguinetti continued: “I have long since been impressed by the hard work and vision at the port to ensure transformational opportunities bring prosperity to current and future stakeholders.
“The port is a vital piece of infrastructure and will play a key role in the development of offshore wind and green hydrogen production, and as the existing oil and gas industry adapts into one which is sustainable for future use. The expanded port will be integral to the growth of trade and the maritime industry in Scotland, and I look forward to seeing how the port will play its part in the development of these industries in the coming years.
“We will continue to build on what we offer our customers: a unique combination of scale, location and experience, and flexible solutions for their complex operations.”
The multi-use port sees more than 9,000 vessel arrivals each year and handles more than 4-million tonnes of cargo and 170,000 passengers. On completion of the expansion project, Aberdeen Harbour will be the largest berthage port in Scotland, with vessels up to 300 metres in length able to berth alongside the South Harbour quays.
Alistair Mackenzie, Chairman at Aberdeen Harbour Board, said: “Bob Sanguinetti’s arrival comes at a pivotal moment in our history as our operations, and the sectors we serve, transform with the opening of South Harbour. Bob brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the international shipping industry, which will be vital for the Harbour, its customers and its port users in the coming years.”